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How the Trump-Kim summit is playing in North Korea

12 June 2018

When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore to discuss the parameters of a deal that would potentially denuclearize North Korea this week, they will be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, for some weird reason.

The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the US and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

All signs may point to a successful and historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, but the stakes are so high that the US national security community is braced for the possibility of a rapid spiral toward nuclear brinkmanship if the talks between the two men turn sour.

Asked Saturday what the benchmark of success is for the summit, he said, "At a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other".

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the US and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the USA and North Korea. They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.

With two unreliable narrators in Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, how will Americans know what they actually said and agreed to with each other? He later strolled along the harbor at the heart of the central business district with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a selfie with Kim.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", he said.

North Korean-US Summit
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"I think we need to see that this meeting has real potential", said Sen.

North Koreans gathered outside a train station in the capital, Pyongyang, to watch news of the summit broadcast on a large screen.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the U.S., said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She acts as her older brother's assistant at times, having hand-delivered a letter from him to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

That's because the North already has achieved some goals, even before the two leaders have an expected historic handshake in Singapore.

It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program. This is just an elaborate get-to-know-you session, albeit between the two most famous leaders in the world, and nuclear armed at that.

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.

But two administration officials reportedly told NBC News that Trump will not focus on any of these details during his highly anticipated meeting with Kim. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

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How the Trump-Kim summit is playing in North Korea