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In advance of summit, 'Singapore City' on North Korea's border booms

10 June 2018, 04:42 | Erica Roy

In advance of summit, 'Singapore City' on North Korea's border booms

In advance of summit, 'Singapore City' on North Korea's border booms

He appeared at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics alongside a Donald Trump lookalike, and the duo are set to take part in an alternative summit ahead of Tuesday's meeting between the U.S. president and Kim.

In this April 27, 2018 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace each other after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.

"That takes a great deal of work, a great big commitment on the part of North Korea as well, and there'll be a parallel set of security assurances that are also big and bold and different", the top U.S. diplomat said.

The report didn't reveal the exact date of Kim's visit amid reports that his arrival in Singapore is imminent ahead of the June 12 summit. But I also believe that Trump can and should explain to Kim that his regime will never be fully respected unless it improves on human rights and accounts for Japanese citizens kidnapped over the years.

The U.S. leader was overall optimistic about the summit with Kim.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know", Trump said, further explaining that it would be "just, my touch, my feel - That's what I do". They posed with mock chili and black pepper crab dishes and took photographs with curious passers-by. "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside".

"I think we were played. So we are going in with a really positive spirit".

The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the U.S. president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy.


Trump abruptly cancelled the meeting last month, calling it "inappropriate" and citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from North Korea.

"I think within the first minute I'll know. When the government says, there is prosperity in terms of food and rice, we see it ourselves and see that there is a drought and there is no food for us", Kim said.

President Trump cited the unprecedented nature of the meeting and said he was convinced that Kim wants to do good things for his country.

"This is a leader that's really an unknown personality, people don't know much about him".

"(They) asked me what my political views were and if I have been involved with protests in other countries", he said, adding that he was told to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La, two areas that are designated "special event areas" for the summit.

Some analysts suggest that, rather than lead to a US-North Korea confrontation, a failed summit will result in renewed diplomatic efforts by South Korea - and possibly others - to restore stability and maintain North Korean restraint, so as to avoid the prospect of renewed escalation of military conflict.

Mr Trump already has two big wins to show his domestic audience - he welcomed home three USA detainees on their release from North Korea and can show them Pyongyang's destruction of its only nuclear test site.

"You know if you're going to like someone in the first five seconds, you ever hear that one?" Trump wants Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip.



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