Trump, Kim set to make history

Trump, Kim set to make history

Of course, inside the hotel and around Sentosa, the advanced party and specialist security teams from North Korea and the US will be sweeping the location ahead of the arrivals of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

The President would be wise not to take the North Koreans lightly, even though he is convinced he has superior dealmaking skills well beyond those of his predecessors that will help him size up Kim in an instant.

She said Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was set to hold a working group with a North Korean delegation at 10 a.m. Monday.

Analysts are skeptical that Kim would agree to relinquish his nuclear weapons, but according to former US national foreign policy advisor and North Korea expert Dr. Victor Cha, the optics of the June 12 summit are likely to be good.

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It will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US President and North Korean leader.

In contrast, Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist presidential campaign that upended the U.S. political establishment.

"Because of difficulties finding a job these days, I have lost much interest in those things".

Before Monday, North Korea's state media had reported only that Kim and Trump would be meeting at some stage, but had not provided any further details, reported the AP.

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During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Trump's birthday.

The limousine of Kim Jong Un arrives at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore on June 10, 2018, to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead the summit between USA leader Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim. Volatility and the Trump-Kim pairing go together like joint statements and the phrase "constructive talks".

Instead of "rocket man", Trump has been calling Kim a "very honorable" man.

But, prior to leaving Canada, the mercurial president again changed his tune, calling it a "one-time shot" and adding that he would know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether an agreement will be possible. In fact, the president has said that he doesn't need to gear up for the summit.

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"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong Un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the U.S. and his safe return", the KCNA said. "Irregardless of where anyone is on the political spectrum, you got to get something for that photo".

But in the lead up to the historic summit, several analysts have pointed out that the Trump administration doesn't have a clear plan for how it will approach the discussions, and that both sides of the negotiating table have very different ideas about what "denuclearization" means.

"Even the Agreed Framework, we knew it failed in 2002 for sure, but for a long time we thought it was successful", Terry said.

Asked Saturday what the benchmark of success is for the summit, he said, "At a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other". The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program. While Kim has shown he's willing to bargain, O'Hanlon said, "Giving up his nuclear weapons is probably going to be the last step in that process, not the first step". "I don't envy the translators at the summit, because they are going to have to make split-second decisions".

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