Rappler Talk Investigative: Former ambassador Luis Cruz on U.S.-North Korea summit
MANILA, Philippines – The stage is set for the historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, June 12, after turbulent days of diplomatic brinkmanship.
The summit is considered as one of the biggest geopolitical events in recent history. Just a year ago, Trump and Kim were trading war threats and insults after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date.
But recent developments indicate the reclusive North Korea may be opening up, with Kim even announcing they would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.
On Monday, June 11, Rappler's editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to former ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz on the importance of the summit, as well as what it means to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia.
Cruz was appointed as ambassador to South Korea in 2008 and has been posted in various Asian countries. Prior to his assignment as ambassador, he took on several roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), including director general for ASEAN affairs, among others.
Join the discussion on Monday at 1 pm. – Rappler.com