It will be one of the most eagerly watched diplomatic encounters since Richard Nixon was hosted by Mao Zedong in China, or Ronald Reagan held talks with Mikhail Gorbachev in neutral Switzerland. But the stunning announcement on Thursday that Donald Trump will come face to face with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom he has previously branded “little rocket man”, prompts an immediate question: where? “Does this mean Chairman Kim is coming to Washington or does it mean the president of the United States is going to travel to North Korea?” pondered Jim Walsh, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s security studies programme. “There are other options: it’s conceivable they might be able to meet in South Korea. No one has a plan here, presumably. There’s a lot of work to do between now and May.” More neutral potential venues for the first ever meeting between leaders of the two countries include China, Japan or South Korea. Other options might be the United Nations in Geneva or New York, or the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South. Or a long shot: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he has entertained world leaders including… Read full this story
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