Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump and Kim Can Learn a Thing or Two From Singapore

Trump and Kim Can Learn a Thing or Two From Singapore

Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the worldwide stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things.

A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of US President Donald Trump (right) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news programme at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

Pompeo, who has traveled twice to Pyongyang to meet with Kim, told reporters Monday that North Korea has conveyed a willingness to denuclearize.

Kim has been more cryptic and calculating, with his regime vacillating between welcoming talks with the USA, ignoring American overtures, and sharply attacking some of Trump's top officials with insults and threats, said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program.

Hours before the historic summit with US President Donald Trump is set to kick off, Kim Jong-un went out for a walk in Singapore surrounded by a wall of bodyguards.

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the US and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the USA and North Korea.

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse. It will be hard to live up to an April tweet in which he declared, "We haven't given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization", as if the ultimate deal were already done. A cameraman was also heard yelling profanities in Korean.

Though some experts on North Korea's nuclear program say that a complete shutdown could take 15 years, Trump has talked repeatedly about a "fast" process.

The article also talks about how President of South Korea Moon Jae-in "is heavily invested in" and President of China President Xi Jinping "stands to benefit" from a successful summit. I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen.

An ageing soviet-era Ilyushin IL62 flew Kim's sister Yo-jong and other officials, while the leader himself arrived aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

Famed North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee informed the nation that Kim had landed, declaring that the summit was a "historical first" that is "garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world".

The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

The US president had told reporters in Canada that he "felt confident" about Tuesday's talks with Kim.

Armed police officers patrol outside the St. Regis Hotel ahead of the U.S. "I could see Trump giving up a lot for very little in return".

But after a flurry of diplomatic overtures eased tension in recent months, the two leaders are now headed for a history-making handshake that U.S. officials hope could eventually lead to the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear programme that threatens the United States.

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