How the Trump-Kim summit is playing in North Korea
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2018,
Jun 11, 2018, 22:22
Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.
"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.
"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter when they met Sunday. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease global sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.
After Mr. Trudeau's press conference, Mr. Trump said the steel tariffs were applied to Canada because of Canadian tariffs on US dairy imports. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.
Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.
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Trump hopes the landmark talks will kick-start a process that eventually see Kim give up his nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.
In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person. Kim has led the USA team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.
Any change to North Korean media's day-to-day routine usually signifies that something important is happening.
He was greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who posted a picture on Twitter of him shaking hands with Kim and the message: "Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore". That would avoid the prospect of Kim winning sanctions relief for gradual progress while remaining a nuclear power.
Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war a year ago amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.
The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were". "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected Marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health". "It's what happens after the agreement that really is the big point".
"Because of difficulties finding a job these days, I have lost much interest in those things".