Trump, Kim converge on Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit

Marsha Scott
June 14, 2018

We have to get something going.

North Korea has long demanded a treaty that may be aimed at getting U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit.

The only logical explanation for Rodman's visit to Singapore would have to do with the fact that he has been closely associated with Jong Un and Trump in the past.

Trump's bombshell announcement that he was backing out of the G7 communique, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

Trump said he had instructed USA representatives not to endorse the joint communique issued at the end of the summit.

Trump arrived at the Istana, Singapore's government house, shortly before noon.

US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are in Singapore ahead of their critical meet on June 12.

Pompeo said at a White House press briefing on June 7 that Trump won't budge on anything less than the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

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But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his programme and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to holding on to his unchecked power.

Trump and his entourage met the Singaporean prime minister for lunch on Monday.

The tests came amid a campaign of "maximum pressure", led by Washington, that tightened economic sanctions against Pyongyang and raised the possibility of military action.

"Perhaps after that negotiation I will be using it again".

You can imagine the drumming of fingers in anterooms as officials wait to be told if there will be peace in our time, or whether it's all fallen apart and we're heading for the airport.

The previous U.S. stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".

Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning three U.S. detainees and blowing up the entrances to its nuclear test site.

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.

"The minimum would be relationship".

While this meeting with Mr Kim may be just the start of what might be a long and fraught journey, it is at least that - a start. "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected Marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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