Can Trump and Kim Bring an End to the Korean War?

Can Trump and Kim Bring an End to the Korean War?

"I think President Trump signed onto this thinking that he was going to ride in on a white horse to Singapore, accept a bunch of nuclear warheads, and problem solved", Kristof says. He said he believed Kim Jong-un was "nothing like his predecessors; he is open-minded and he's willing to talk".

Media said Trump was likely to arrive at the Paya Lebar air base, where previous US presidents landed on visits to Singapore.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said.

"The situation was much more shocking than I had expected", he said.

Asked how he would be able to make such a distinction, he said: "My touch, my feel". You know, the way they say you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds, you ever hear that one?

"It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump told reporters during a lengthy press briefing at the conclusion of the G7 meeting in Quebec on Saturday afternoon. "I felt as if I was back in time, back in the period immediately after the Second World War when worldwide military tribunals and other investigations were conducted into the Nazi horrors".

Then Trump hit an assortment of topics, including trade, North Korea and kept pushing for reinstatement Russia, which had been tossed from what was then the G-8 in 2014, after the country annexed Crimea and endorsed pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

On the North Korea summit: "I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really - in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world". (Carlos Barria/Reuters) North Korea handing over its nuclear weapons, however, is nearly certainly not going to happen at this meeting. Isolated North Korea has long craved worldwide recognition and the prestige of being seen as a nuclear state.

Kim Jong-un Has to Take Foreign Plane to Summit
The US President said he's hopeful that the Singapore summit will lead to a "bright new future" for North Korea and the world. Leading the American efforts in negotiating with the North Koreans, he said the U.S. is making progress, inch by inch.

But this summit might just be a Trump-Kim affair. He also indicated that South Korea, China and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.

The young leader has been swept to centre stage by two new props: his unprecedented nuclear capability and an unconventional United States president.

Speaking in a series of Friday interviews with journalists from Asian countries that lie in close proximity to North Korea, Pompeo said that would include any possible clandestine sites unknown to those outside North Korea.

Given North Korea's systemic threat to the region and the world, reasonable minds should agree that a Trump-Kim deal is a good thing, even if it slows, but does not stop, North Korea's dark ambitions.

Mr Trump was able to portray North Korea's scramble to convince him to stay in the talks as a victory - but also to redefine the terms of the talks.

"And so not only Japan, but South Korea, China - I imagine many nations will want to participate in the North Korean economy if we are successful in Singapore", he said.

Trump delivered off-script comments as he was leaving a G-7 summit in Canada, a meeting at which he was at odds with USA allies on issues such as trade. Saying he has a "clear objective in mind" to convince Kim to abandon his nuclear program in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S., Trump acknowledged that the direction of the high-stakes meeting is unpredictable, adding it "will always be spur of the moment".

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