The biggest news story of the week was the historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday morning Australian time. We have been glued to the rolling news coverage in the Unshackled offices so I thought it would be good to do a special show analyzing the meeting. To do so I was joined for the first time on the Unshackled Waves by our Melbourne Bureau Chief Morgan Munro.
We start by reflecting on how we got to this summit and it began with tough talk from by Trump and Kim about who had the better nuclear weapons which included Trump’s famous Twitter insults. Progressives hysterically claimed Trump would start World War 3 but his tough talk actually exposed North Korea’s hollow threats and together with sanctions against them actually being enforced this time it brought North Korea to the negotiating table. There was first the meeting between Kim John-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in the demilitarized zone where they signed Panmunjom Declaration pledging nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and possible reunification.