What are realistic outcomes from the Trump-Kim summit?

Howard X says police stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport

Howard X says police stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport

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. "People don't know much about him". A planned summit between Trump and Kim will be held in Singapore on June 12.

Some 100 fans flocked to a shopping mall Saturday for $10 selfies with Trump and Kim lookalikes.

"I do think it's incumbent on us and the media and everybody else to keep this issue of human rights alive".

The U.S. and North Korea have disagreed about what "denuclearization" would actually entail. "So, I think that could happen". Tensions flared between Trump and US allies over his protectionist economic policies and decisions to exit the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord. Kim also hopes to earn global prestige for his government; to gain recognition, particularly from Washington, of North Korea as a nuclear weapon state; to move US troops off the Korean Peninsula; and to generally weaken the US-South Korea alliance. He clearly likes the idea of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, telling reporters "everyone thinks" he deserves it.

"So far so good", Trump said.

Trump's diplomacy with North Korea has been cheered on by South Korea, whose new leadership is more supportive of engagement with the North than any South Korean government in years. But then Trump did a quick pivot, signalling nearly immediately after scrapping the meeting that he was open to going ahead with it after all.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated USA calls for North Korea to completely rid itself of all remnants of its nuclear weapons program before worldwide sanctions are lifted on the pariah nation.

On the preparations so far, Mr Lee said: "They've (SAF, police, MCI) done a good job, not just their own pieces but being able to put in all together and to integrate and coordinate".

"For people like my father, they could go back to their homeland to their birthplace and revisit the country, so positive things like that will happen". "I very much look forward to it", Trump said. It is hard to credibly suggest progress on weapons proliferation can be durable or verifiable if North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

In addition, the two leaders likely will establish some of the essential matters that they want to address under an agreement and a commitment to the negotiating process. Trump wants Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip.

Pompeo, who will travel on to meetings with officials in South Korea and China after the summit in Singapore, also sought to assuage concerns in those countries that the Trump administration is moving toward the summit without taking into account the views from Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.

On Thursday, Singapore's government said it would temporarily lift United Nations -related sanctions it had imposed against trade with North Korea from Saturday to help facilitate preparations for the unprecedented summit.

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