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dateline: 13 June 2018

Trump and Kim Meet Face-to-Face in Singapore

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • joint: made or held together
  • war games: military exercises
  • vow: to promise
  • denuclearization: the process of destroying nuclear weapons
  • sitting president: a person who is serving as president at the time
  • diplomatic: related to international relations

Trump and Kim Meet Face-to-Face in Singapore

A historic face-to-face meeting between the of the US and North Korea took place in this week. President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jung-un shook hands and exchanged greetings before holding meetings at the summit. The talks ended with the signing of a joint in which the leaders vowed to remain engaged in peace talks. During the meetings, Trump promised to end war games on the Korean peninsula. For years, the US and South Korea have carried out joint to show their strength against North Korea. In exchange, Kim said North Korea would begin the denuclearization but did not make any specific promises in writing. This was the first diplomatic meeting in history between a sitting US president and a North Korean head of state.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which two leaders met and where did the meetings take place?
  2. What did Trump vow to do in his agreement with Kim?
  3. Why was this meeting so historic?

Discussion Question

Kim Jung-un told Donald Trump that the world probably felt like they were watching a science fiction film during the summit. Does this new friendly relationship feel like fiction? What do you think will happen next?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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