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A tale of tweeting: Kim and Trump’s road to Singapore

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have both touched down and are currently enjoying Singaporean hospitality ahead of tomorrow’s historic summit. But the road to get to this point has been far from smooth.

From trading schoolyard insults to threatening nuclear war, the relationship between America’s wheeler-dealer-in-chief and North Korea’s Supreme Leader has been fraught. But tomorrow’s summit signifies a dramatic shift in dynamics and could be the start of a blossoming relationship between the two countries.

So how did we get to this point?

From sweet to sour

What you may not remember, is that before all the mudslinging and threats, Trump expressed surprisingly warm and complimentary sentiment towards Kim.

In April, Trump called the young dictator a “smart cookie” and commended his ability to hold onto power despite heading the regime at the tender age of 26.

He also told Bloomberg he would “absolutely” meet with Kim and would, in fact, be “honoured” to do so.

SEE ALSO: Trump warns of ‘fire and fury’ as North Korea threatens attack on US

But the niceties didn’t last long after Kim responded to Trump’s diplomacy with the launch of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4, America’s Independence Day. The message from Kim didn’t hold back: “American b***ards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary.”

Fire and Fury

A month later came Trump’s now infamous “fire and fury” interview in which he threatened the North Korean regime with a destruction “like the world has never seen.”

Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017

From there, it went from bad to worse and the name calling picked up a notch.

In his first address to the United Nations Security Council in September, Trump once again threatened to “totally destroy” Kim Jong Un and his country. It’s also the first time we hear “little rocket man” which was to become Trump’s favourite nickname for the man in charge of a nuclear arsenal.


Kim’s response,........

© Asian Correspondent