Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Trump, Kim chat over lunch of beef short ribs

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Singapore Summit US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Singapore Summit
Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2018, 05:27

Trump has offered to help rebuild North Korea's impoverished economy if he will agree to the United States' demands.

The look on his face perhaps said it all: Kim Jong-un appeared bemused, aghast and utterly galled by Donald Trump's call for photographers to make both men look "nice, handsome and thin" prior to their working lunch in Singapore. I think we're going to have a great discussion.

Shortly after Trump's surprise cancellation of the U.S. -DPRK summit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim for a second time in Panmunjom, a month after their first summit on April 27. The White House is marking the meeting down as a success after the two leaders signed an agreement to move the relationship forward, in addition to receiving a pledge the regime will denuclearize. "I showed it to him today, actually during the meeting, toward the end of the meeting and I think he loved it".

"We also hope that the resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue will take into account and address our concerns about proliferation linkages extending to India's neighbourhood", it said in a statement, in an apparent reference to North Korea's alleged nuclear proliferation linkages with Pakistan. Though CNN reports the almost five-hour talk ended with only a "vague pledge" that North Korea will disarm, many on Twitter were more taken with what the world leaders dined on during their important discussion.

U.S. opens de facto embassy in Taiwan as China trade tensions escalate
The United States opened AIT shortly after terminating formal ties with Taipei - a diplomatic workaround that has irked Beijing. Moy, the USA ambassador in all but name, said at the dedication ceremony.

It was released to the media at a press conference on Tuesday.

Trump made the comments as he and Kim walked together along balcony as they headed to a larger meeting with aides.

But the apparent showing off was brought to an abrupt halt moments later when the same aide quickly shut the door of the Beast and ushered Trump as well as Kim away from the presidential auto.

Trump now seems to be most upset with France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, both of whom were slammed by the president and his team over the last few days.

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