World Agence France-Presse Updated: June 11, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda and the US president calling it a "one-time shot" at peace. Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting president of its "imperialist enemy".
These are big, unanswered questions. But one thing is certain: Of this, Mr Franklin, there can be no doubt. The summit looks fated to become the Donald Trump Show. Sentosa Islandwhere they are holding the meeting, will be his own Love Island.
Even if he fails to get what he wants and flounces off, as he has threatened, the former TV host will ensure he is the centre of attention.
At odds with G7 partners over trade, Iran and climate change, the White House is gambling on a foreign policy breakthrough to silence its critics.
It badly needs a success to counter its reputation as international wrecker. Like his father and grandfather before him, Kim defied the world after taking power inaccelerating the development of long-range nuclear weapons. Last year, he proved his latest missiles could, in theory, strike US cities.
Then came a sudden change. Moon was a breath of fresh air. His willingness to engage contrasted with the aggressive stance of his disgraced predecessor, Park Geun-hye. Moon invited Kim to send a delegation and he dispatched his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Her gold-medal diplomacy smashed stereotypes and won hearts. The Winter Games thawed relations kept on ice since the Korean war.
It was as if the still-youthful Kim, having completed his weapons buildup, was just waiting for a chance to ditch his Addams-family legacy of fear and isolation — and establish himself internationally on an equal footing.
Since then, Kim has met Moon twice, with positive results. He hosted Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state. He has voluntarily destroyed weapons test sites and freed imprisoned US citizens.
And he has replaced three reactionary generals. Kim's price upfront will be an end to sanctions, new investment, humanitarian assistance Amid this sudden, heady outburst of conciliation, there is cool calculation. But for Kim, the summit is about what North Korea can obtain in return for agreement in principle to denuclearise and, perhaps, for a gradual, conditional phasing-out of its atomic stockpile.
In exchange for giving Trump the triumph he craves, he wants guarantees the US will not attack North Korea and, forswearing regime change and ignoring human rights abuses, will support him as unelected supreme leader-for-life.
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Trump insisted last week that the summit would "not be just a photo op", saying it would help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" towards the "ultimate making of a deal".