At the heart of a fruitful outcome

North Korea's Hwasong-12 rocket. The country's denuclearisation is a crucial factor in the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.
North Korea's Hwasong-12 rocket. The country's denuclearisation is a crucial factor in the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

"I think it's going to be a very fruitful meeting." Those were US President Donald Trump's words last Thursday when he spoke about his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

While he did not elaborate what he meant by "fruitful", the outcome of the summit hinges on several factors, centring on the core issue of North Korea's denuclearisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'At the heart of a fruitful outcome'. Print Edition | Subscribe