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I'll 'feel' if Kim Jong Un is serious at summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the issue of abductees with the US President during their summit Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the issue of abductees with the US President during their summit. AP
Kenny Thornton | 10 June, 2018, 04:39

They're being told it's a new chance for peace, but not everyone in Seoul is excited about Tuesday's summit.

Of course many hope that Donald Trump can make a difference when he meets Kim Jong Un.

"They (searched) my bags and then told me that this is a very sensitive time to be in Singapore and that I should stay away from the Sentosa Island as well as the Shangri-La hotel in town", he said in a Facebook post.

Singapore was selected as the host site because it has significant experience in staging major worldwide events, including a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and then-Taiwanese President Ying-jeou in 2015, the first such meeting in almost seven decades.

Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will rely heavily on his own instincts.

"Within the first minute, Ill know", Trump said during a news conference in Quebec as he prepared to depart the Group of 7 summit en route to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet Kim on Tuesday. When asked how quickly he will know if something good will come of the summit and if Kim was serious, Trump said he'd know very quickly. "I don't want to waste his time". He called Kim an "unknown personality".

People living here have only know the disappointment of nearly 70 years of broken promises. "I felt as if I was back in time, back in the period immediately after the Second World War when global military tribunals and other investigations were conducted into the Nazi horrors".

The Kim sit-down comes as Trump's global negotiating skills have faced their toughest tests to date with mixed results.

Trump rated his relationships with US partners as "a 10", though erstwhile allies spent much of the weekend directly challenging Trump's policy positions.

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Still, it's a serious contrast to the days a year ago when choice insults - Trump's "little rocket man" and Kim's "dotard" - were flying between Washington and Pyongyang during the North's nuclear and missile tests.

Tokyo's long-standing position - which it has repeatedly conveyed to Trump - is that the North should get rid of not only its ICBMs, but also its shorter-range missiles, which include hundreds of Rodongs, that can strike Japan.

He added, "If they retaliate they are making a tremendous mistake".

"I went there to make sure that everything was spick and span and in place, no last minute spoilers or difficulties", Balakrishnan said. "So it's a one-time, it's a one-time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said. 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.

"So far so good", Trump said. "Both the American as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements, we're all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours". "That's what I do", Trump said.

Questions remain about what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons would look like. "Thus, like his predecessors, Trump will be played by Pyongyang, as Kim demurs, defies, and blatantly violates the terms of the agreement and continues to march down his nuclear path".

Speaking on Thursday, Pompeo said that Kim had personally assured him that North Korea was ready to give up its nuclear arsenal.

The 65-year-old wants reunification to be his legacy and was elected in part on the promise of taking South Korea in that direction.

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