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‘All systems go’ for Trump-Kim summit, Singapore diplomat says

10 June 2018, 08:27 | Kelvin Horton

Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan Credit AFP

Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan

"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are".

"There's a good chance it won't work out", he said.

His tweets come hours after the president told reporters at the G-7 summit that he would know within the first minute of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about reaching a deal with the United States.

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017.

Trump and Kim are expected to discuss peace on the Korean Peninsula, with Washington pushing for Pyongyang's denuclearisation.

As he has in recent days, however, the president sought to tamp down expectations, after once having pledged to demand that Kim rapidly turn over his nuclear arsenal.

Trump insisted Saturday that the meeting was not contentious, saying that his relationships with allies remained strong, but continued to say that the US had been "taken advantage of for decades and decades" on trade. "This should be a matter between USA and South Korea".

In a separate press conference, Trudeau said that all seven leaders signed a joint declaration despite "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically American tariffs".

SBS News spoke to members of Australia's Korean community and others with a connection to North Korea about their hopes for the summit. It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the USA mainland. "They both get what they want".

It is precisely because of North Korea's unthinkable human rights record and its long history of threats and belligerence that no United States president, until now, has granted any Supreme Leader an in-person meeting.

"He might as well have said, 'Carry on, '" Lee said. That would be illegal, under the 2016 law, unless North Korea also agrees to key human rights reforms. "All will be quiet for a few months, until Kim rolls out his own perfected nuclear posture review", he added.

Another North Korea expert from the Bush administration, Victor Cha, noted that only Trump has raised troop presence as a possible negotiating point. North Korea spent decades developing nuclear weapons, culminating in the test of a thermonuclear device in 2017.

Talks between the leaders on June 12 are expected to center on ending the North's nuclear weapons and missiles programs in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

"Kim Jong Un might bring good looking female bodyguards to embody a more approachable image", Ahn said.

"I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen", said Trump, who's known for getting physical with leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron.

"This being said, a treaty is not ironclad and usually contains clauses that allow each side to withdraw from the treaty", Aum said. "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". "Thus, like his predecessors, Trump will be played by Pyongyang, as Kim demurs, defies, and blatantly violates the terms of the agreement and continues to march down his nuclear path".

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