Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of Kim summit

Trump meets Singapore PM ahead of Kim summit

Totalitarian North Korea's governing ideology of "Juche", which champions self-sufficiency, has brought little but decades of economic stagnation, widespread poverty and, at times, starvation. No, no, say others, you need to manage your expectations.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

United States presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said US and North Korean officials would hold working-level talks on Monday.

Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

This is a very high bar and probably unrealistic after one meeting.

Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved. Trump commented as representatives from both countries took their seats for a working lunch at Singapore's government house.

"The summit was heavy on pomp and circumstance and low on details", said Olivia Enos, policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington.

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Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Mr Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday. "The 'plus" refers to discussions on ending the Korean War".

NK News reporters on scene then spotted Kim and his entourage at Esplanade Park just to the west at 2220, around a one km walk from the hotel. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before...

"I told them today, take your time".

The United States will move to tighten the punishing measures if diplomacy fails, he added. But the reality is that Kim terrified the world with the uptick in nuclear and ballistic missiles tests over the last two years, and the world is anxious, even desperate, to get him to stop. "They see denuclearization as a collective suicide (and they are probably right)". He says Iran views Trump and the United States with "great pessimism", saying they are known for "quitting treaties and violating their commitments".

But a failure Tuesday doesn't necessarily mean a return to the animosity of 2017.

The summit cancellation came after North Korea responded angrily to Vice President Mike Pence's statement that the country could "end like the Libyan model" if it does not make a deal.

Moon has no current plans to join President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of their summit Tuesday in Singapore. "(North Korea) confrontation", according to Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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