Asia’s Geneva: what Singapore has to offer Trump and Kim

10 June, 2018, 07:25 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Feb. 28 2013 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korea and the U.S. play an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang North Korea

I think they are starting to be committed to a much more fair trade situation for the United States, because it has been treated very, very unfairly....

Donald Trump held a free-flowing news conference as he departed the G7 summit on Saturday.

Trump further noted that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a "mission of peace".

Kim has the "opportunity the likes of which, almost, if you look into history, very few people have ever had", Trump said.

President Trump cited the unprecedented nature of the meeting and said he was convinced that Kim wants to do good things for his country. I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.

"The situation was much more shocking than I had expected", he said.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim, the first such meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, on Tuesday at the luxury Capella Hotel.

Asked how he would be able to make such a distinction, he said: "My touch, my feel".

Before hastily setting off on Air Force One early from the Quebec resort summit for Tuesday's sit-down in Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump spoke to a gaggle of reporters claiming the annual G-7 gathering could be reduced to "G-6 plus one". a clear knock at its neighbor Canada.

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"We have to get denuclearization, we have to get something going".

"Even if they cheat on handing over nuclear weapons, possibly cheat on freezing uranium production, there can be a certain amount of cheating and we can still be better off", Kristof says. "I don't want to waste his time".

Trump's remarks came two days after he said he didn't need to do a lot of preparation ahead of the historic summit because the interpersonal relationship between the two leaders would be the more important factor. "But I can not imagine they'll reach a peace treaty" in Singapore, Hill said.

Yet many close observers doubt the once hostile leader's appetite for peace. The Lowy Institute's worldwide security director Euan Graham says Mr Kim has relied on the classic North Korean playbook, swinging predictably from provocation to engagement. Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S. "He can take that nation, with those great people, and truly make it great".

First the nuts and bolts: How do you protect what many North Koreans consider their single most precious resource, the third member of the Kim family to rule and a direct descendant of North Korea's worshipped founder Kim Il Sung?

"You don't know, it's not been done before at this level".

Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Obviously, what has been done before hasn't worked".

While the island republic has close military links with the United States, it is not one of Washington's treaty allies, and over the years has allowed over 2,000 warships from some 30 countries to berth at its naval bases.

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