The long-simmering crisis between North Korea and the United States has reached a new, consequential phase. President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be a decisive moment in a struggle that has lasted since the United States first suspected North Korea of harboring nuclear ambitions in the 1980s. Regardless of how the summit may transpire, one thing is clear: this challenge, and the geopolitics of East Asia, will never be the same again.
 
The stakes of this summit could not be higher. Presumably, if diplomacy does not work the same conditions that inspired President Trump’s “fire and fury” bromides hold true. How the Trump administration approaches this summit will be critical to its success or failure. This analysis by Abraham Denmark and Nirav Patel will review the issues and challenges that the summit will entail and recommend a pragmatic way to approach this summit and what may come next.