Jakarta -The United States and North Korea recorded history this morning in Singapore when US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un first met face-to-face and shake hands.
Reported by CNN, the second most controversial handshakes of the leaders today, Tuesday (12/06/2018) at 9 am local time, became the beginning of their historic meeting at Hotel Capella, Sentosa Island.
This meeting is a remarkable development for both countries, after all the year 2017 clashing diplomatic views and exchanging rhetoric.
The star of the historic meeting between the United States (US) and North Korea is undoubtedly President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
But behind the scenes, the following names are credited with realizing the planned meeting of the two most controversial leaders in the world today in Singapore.
Reported by ABC News, they are:
1The United States (US)
Mike Pompeo, Foreign Minister
Pompeo visits North Korea while still in effect as CIA Director and meets with Kim Jong-un to start planning a Summit between leaders of both countries.
Then, last month, Pompeo returned North Korea to meet again with Kim Jong-un with his new position as US Secretary of State. Pompeo also briefly exchanged views with senior adviser Kim Jong-un, Kim Yong-chol, in New York and Washington, D.C.
John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff
Kelly greeted Kim Yong-chol during her visit to the White House last month. Kelly was one of four Americans at the meeting, other than Trump, Pompeo, and an interpreter.
John Bolton, National Security Adviser
Widely known as “hawk” for anything related to North Korea, Kelly’s remarks on the “Libyan model” angered North Korean officials, as well as almost derailed this summit plan.
Sung Kim, US Ambassador to the Philippines
Ever acting as US ambassador to South Korea during President Barack Obama’s administration, Sung Kim led preliminary talks with North Korea in the border village of Panmunjom. Sung Kim has been a veteran diplomat on the North Korean issue for over a decade.
Matt Pottinger, Senior Director of the National Security Council for Asia
Known as a former journalist and member of the US Marines, Pottinger accompanied Pompeo on his way to North Korea in May before the summit.
Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister
Kim Yo-jong made international spotlight earlier this year while attending the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to lead the North Korean delegation at the Games.
Kim Yo-jong also acts as Kim Jong-un’s representative, delivering a letter from his older brother to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim Yong-chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea
Kim Yong-chol met with Pompeo in New York last month before heading to the White House to hand him a letter from Kim Jong-un to Trump. At that moment, he and Trump finally met for over an hour.
Kim Yong-chol is also seen present at every inter-Korean meeting held ahead of the US-North Korea summit. He is a former spy chief, reportedly behind a number of assassination attempts in South Korea, the sinking of a South Korean navy ship, and Sony’s hack.
Kim Chang-son, Chief of Staff
He was one of the team members in charge of ensuring the preparation of the summit and leading the preliminary delegation team to meet with the US in Singapore last week.
Choe Son-hui, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
He has been reportedly acting as a negotiator leader in previous meetings with US teams ahead of the Trump and Kim Jong-un summits.
Choe Son-hui was in the spotlight a few weeks ago after giving a statement calling the Vice-President of the Pence “ignorant and stupid”. Trump briefly quoted the statement as an excuse to cancel the summit last month.
Kim Kye-gwan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Known as a chief nuclear strategist for decades, Kim Kye-gwan wrote a letter responding to Trump’s decision to cancel the summit. He said North Korea is still willing “to sit face to face with the US and resolve the issue anytime and in any form.”