South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Donald Trump have almost nothing in common. Moon is a soft-spoken, liberal human rights lawyer — and Trump is, well, none of those things.
But the two leaders’ political fortunes are intertwined, now that they’ve made the risky bet that they can orchestrate a game-changing detente with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Moon’s meeting with Trump at the White House on Tuesday will be a crucial test of whether the unlikely duo will make history or see their lofty plans fizzle out. The two are slated to hold a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with only their translators, followed by a nearly 90-minute expanded meeting with additional staffers, according to an administration official.
Moon has staked his presidency on bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula — and he’s expected to use this week’s meeting to assuage Trump’s concerns about whether a deal can be reached with Kim.
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