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First they devoted themselves to challenge each other. Then they promised peace to each other. Trump took a step back, but now it seems that the idea of holding a summit resumes. It will be next June 12.
Imminent test with missiles
On January 2, 2017, during his New Year’s speech, Kim Jong-un says that the country is in the final phase of testing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. Trump, who took office on January 20, tweeted bluntly: “That will not happen.”
Precisely in an emblematic day
The celebrated American Independence Day, on July 4, 2017, North Korea tests the Hwasong-14, the intercontinental ballistic missile. It is said that Kim assured his scientists that he wanted to “bother” Trump. The American tycoon tweets: “Is this guy has nothing better to do with his life?”
US Territory threatened
On July 28, 2017, Pyongyang tests its second Hwasong. According to experts, the new missile is capable of reaching US territory. Trump directs his tweeting fury towards China: “I am very disgusted with China, our previous leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars with trade and they do NOTHING for us with respect to North Korea.”
Fire and fury
On August 8, 2017, Trump militarily threatens North Korea: “They will meet with fire and fury as the world has not seen before,” he told reporters. North Korea says it will launch medium-range missiles over the waters of Guam, the US territory in the Pacific Ocean.
Test on Japan
International clamor against Pyongyang when it launched on August 29, 2017 a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan, the Hwasong-12. The UN Security Council condemned the test unanimously.
Test with hydrogen bomb
On September 3, 2017, North Korea announces that it has successfully tested its sixth nuclear weapon. It is a hydrogen bomb that can be placed on top of a ballistic missile. Trump responds on Twitter: “The US considers, in addition to other options, to stop trade with any country that does business with North Korea.”
Threats and disqualifications
During his first speech at the UN, on September 19, 2017, Trump says that “he will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” For her part, Kim calls Trump “mentally deranged old man”.
Stress the tension
The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, receives Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, in Seoul. The South Korean president receives a letter inviting him to meet with Kim in Pyongyang. Seoul and Pyongyang had already agreed to send a joint hockey team to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games in South Korea.
South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong heads a delegation on March 5, 2018 in Pyongyang to discuss a possible dialogue for peace. Chung announces that both parties agree to meet in April and that Kim would agree to stop his missile tests if the US He will sit down to talk.
Trump says yes
Chung flies to Washington to talk to Trump. He then announces that the president agrees to meet with Kim in May. The world greets the news with enthusiasm.
On April 27, Kim and Moon meet in the border town of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone. Both leaders advocate working for a nuclear-free Korea.
Trump nullifies the meeting
After North Korea criticized Vice President Mike Pence for comparing North Korea to Libya, Trump abruptly canceled the planned meeting with Kim. The US president argues that is due to the “tremendous hostility” by Pyongyang.
Trump backs down
After saying no, Trump suggests a reverse maneuver. Officials from both countries meet and Trump does it in the White House with one of Kim’s closest friends, Kim Yong-chol. Soon after, the summit of June 12, 2018 in Singapore is announced.