Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults

12 June, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

But North Korea kicked out the inspectors after the Bush administration accused it of cheating.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

The two leaders shook hands for a few seconds with the two nations' national flags in the background. Yes, kind words, yes, they're meeting.

"I feel really great", Trump said. He says, "We're going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship".

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".

Goldgeier expressed concern about the plan for Trump and Kim to meet alone, with only interpreters in the room. They both go in firm, but Trump is the first one to pat Kim on the arm.

Pompeo also expressed confidence of a "successful outcome" but said that the summit would also lead to a lot more to be done in the path ahead, providing a "framework for the hard work that will follow".

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", Pompeo said.

The meeting on Tuesday between the U.S. president and North Korea's leader, unthinkable until recent months and uncertain until June 1, is a high-stakes and politically risky venture into summit diplomacy by two unpredictable personalities who have famously exchanged personal insults and threats of war.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North. The meeting is meant to be "start of a relationship", the official said, and there could be more to come between both sides if things go well. "And it's my honor to be involved".

Trump is sounding optimistic about his ability to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program after a lengthy one-on-one meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

The meeting carries not only potentially dire diplomatic risks, but high political stakes as well for a president who has framed the meeting in legacy-defining terms.

Less than a year ago, Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

The meeting is also a striking departure for a relationship that just months ago was defined by highly personal insults and rhetoric that seemed to raise the possibility for imminent military confrontation.

Kim's sister gained notoriety during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, where she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump and Kim will first sit down for a one-on-one meeting accompanied only by personal translators.

The White House declared Monday that the talks "have moved more quickly than expected" and said Trump planned to depart later Tuesday, earlier than had been expected.

It is also unclear whether USA officials will raise human rights issues in meetings with the North Koreans.

Pompeo added the U.S.is "hopeful" the summit will "set the conditions for future productive talks". The North may see a treaty - and its presumed safety assurances from Washington - as its best way of preserving the Kim family dynasty.

Previously, Trump had derided Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and pledged to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to make nuclear threats.

This is a developing story.

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