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North Korea summit explainer: the people, problems and possibilities

The event will be historic but the path to a meaningful agreement is strewn with obstacles
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un waves before departing Pyongyang to Singapore Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

The on-again off-again summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on 12 June in Singapore, the first time a sitting US president will meet the head of the isolated state. It is a high-stakes bid to try to solve the issue of nuclear weapons that has dogged four US presidents.

How did we get here?

After fiery rhetoric between North Korea and the US last year, Kim declared in

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