Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump expects Kim summit to 'work out very nicely'

Trump expects Kim summit to 'work out very nicely'

Given the number of times, Trump had warned Kim against expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, discussing denuclearisation of the North is high on the US' agenda at the 12 June meeting in Singapore.

After greeting each other for the first time Tuesday in front of reporters, the American president and the North Korean leader will seclude themselves on Singapore's Sentosa Island for roughly 45 minutes while their entourages wait nearby.

In the weeks leading up to the summit in Singapore, Trump praised Kim as "very honorable" and "very open", a stark contrast from the "Little Rocket Man" moniker Trump had previously bestowed on the North Korean leader.

After that secretive summit, John Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe Trump's hawkish national security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks.

But Cha said success for Trump on Tuesday is easier to describe - "a definitive commitment" from Kim to give up his nuclear arms and long-range missiles while also agreeing to a process for future talks.

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.

The first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond.

In another article, the newspaper does not hide its disdain for Trump's "zero prep work" for the meeting and also credits Kim Jong-un as "the real artist" of the summit.

He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who took a selfie, before stopping at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which resembles a giant surfboard perched on three tall columns, for a look out over the bright lights of the city from its rooftop garden and swimming pool.

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them", he said.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, gestures as he speaks to Kim Yo-jong, the sister to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A former journalist and U.S. Marine, he accompanied Pompeo on his trip to North Korea in May in advance of the summit.

Trump, asked last week if Rodman had been invited to Singapore, said, "No, he wasn't".

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits.

Trump told reporters the Singapore summit is "really a get-to-know-you kind of situation".

Both Mr Trump and Mr Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the USA as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

'Challenging Path' "We could be on a course for a more collaborative approach and lower tensions, albeit in a very challenging path forward on the North Korean nuclear issues".

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Trump, nevertheless, on nearly a daily basis says and writes things that are demonstrably untrue ― sometimes doing so even though he knows what he is saying is untrue.

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