Well, that's the million-dollar question. For a couple of months, we've been expecting that Trump and Kim would meet. And then the date was set for June 12 in Singapore. But things then kind of went a little bit rocky, and it looked like the summit might not happen.
At the moment, American diplomats and their North Korean counterparts are meeting in Singapore in the Demilitarised Zone between North Korea and South Korea and also in New York to try and make this happen. So we think at the moment that it will go ahead, but anything could happen at any point.
His name is Kim Yong-chol, and he is the vice-chairman of the Workers' party of North Korea. He is a very close and trusted aide to Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. And he is the highest level North Korean official to visit America in almost 20 years, which is hugely significant.
He landed in New York over the last 24 hours and on Wednesday afternoon he's expected to meet Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state. So this is one of the key meetings that's going on to try and pave the groundwork for a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Well, that's again a huge question as to whether that's attainable. So the US wants complete, verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, which essentially at this point means North Korea. Now, the question is whether Donald Trump is going for a big bang type deal, where North Korea agrees to give everything up straight away in return for economic aid, relief from sanctions, and crucially a security guarantee that the US will not attack North Korea.
But the North Koreans aren't going to want to give everything up straight away, because then they lose their leverage. And so the question is, are the North Koreans going to try and go for a more gradual staged process over a number of months or a number of years, where they will be rewarded at each turn when they do something?
I think there's probably a big gap between the American side and the North Korean side. And one of the things that Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol are trying to work out in addition to the other teams, is whether they can get to the same page on this.
Many analysts think it's highly unlikely that Kim will give up his nuclear weapons, whereas a few people think that he's decided that now that he's shown his people that he can - he has nuclear weapons that potentially could hit America, that he now wants to move on to economic modernisation. And therefore, he needs to get relief from US sanctions. But that really is the big question that we're trying to get the answer to at the moment.