The president expects to emerge as a hero, but the Korean leader may be coolly playing him to score points against China
In 1789, a year of revolution, Benjamin Franklin wrote that nothing was certain except death and taxes. His adage may be due an update as Donald Trump prepares for a mould-breaking summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday.
Who can be sure that the meeting will produce agreement on scrapping the North’s nuclear weapons, as the Americans hope? Nobody knows whether the “hermit kingdom” will come in from the cold. These are big, unanswered questions.