Meeting with Kim a crucial test for Trump

United States President Donald Trump made the shocking decision last week to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
United States President Donald Trump made the shocking decision last week to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. PHOTO: AFP

With his usual showmanship, United States President Donald Trump has gone from real estate tycoon and reality TV star to the brink of negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with whom he has traded barbs over Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

He made the shocking decision last week to meet Mr Kim in a move that abruptly reversed decades of US policy aimed at preventing North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'Meeting with Kim a crucial test for Trump'. Subscribe