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June 11, 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump meet face-to-face

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Update since the summit:
  • Early Tuesday morning in Washington, the White House released the text of the document signed by President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un after their summit in Singapore. Read the text of the document here.
  • You may also want to read the PBS NewsHour article: Trump and Kim signed a joint statement. What does it mean?
Video summary
  • President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet on Tuesday morning in Singapore. Possible topics include North Korea’s nuclear program, officially ending the Korean War that began in 1950 and removing North Korea from state-sponsored lists of terrorists.
  • Kim Jong Un has followed in the dictatorial footsteps of his father and grandfather, and had not met with a single foreign leader before six months ago. In the past year, Kim and Trump have exchanged fiery tweets, each leader stating the strength of their nuclear weapons’ programs.
  • North Korea is a single party state, the Workers Party of Korea, which was communist and now aligns to Juche, a combination of collectivism and nationalism.
  • The people of North Korea have faced decades of widespread starvation and brutal human rights abuses including lack of basic freedoms, forced labor and re-education camps and political executions.
Discussion questions:
  1. Essential question: What is the significance of the summit between North Korea and the United States?
  2. What do you know about the Korean War? How does it relate to today’s conflict between North Korea and the U.S.?
  3. Media literacy questions: What is the purpose of Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting face-to-face? What effects have social media had on diplomatic relations between the two countries and relations between world leaders?
  4. What are the risks and benefits of the summit for the U.S. and North Korea? The world? Explain.
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