A look back at Trump on North Korea

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers his New Year's speech at an undisclosed place in North Korea, Jan. 1, 2018, in this photo provided by the North Korean government.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated U.S. calls for North Korea to completely rid itself of all remnants of its nuclear weapons program before worldwide sanctions are lifted on the pariah nation. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit". "My touch, my feel - that's what I do", Trump said during a news conference in Quebec as he prepared to depart the Group of Seven summit en route to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet Kim on Tuesday. But it's unclear what the US will get out of it. President Trump has said his goal is to get North Korea to agree to a complete denuclearization, and if not, he's prepared to impose harsh sanctions.

USA defence and intelligence officials have assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other US officials have said they would not tolerate.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation in", he said. I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see.

Kristof says that a diplomat once told him, "the job of leaders at a summit is to pull rabbits out of hats, and the job of the Sherpas preparing for the summit is to stuff the hats with the rabbits - and there isn't really time for that".

Trump departed for Singapore on Saturday after attending the G7 summit in Canada.

A Hong Kong-based entertainer who impersonates the North Korean leader said he was detained at Changi Airport after returning to Singapore ahead of the historic summit planned for Tuesday.

"I was so impressed and taken aback by the facilities and the treatment that the old age people in the DPRK and Pyongyang".

"We would win that war thousand times out of a thousand", he said. "I don't think Gen. Douglas MacArthur would like that too much".

The stakes are high, with American authorities warning that North Korea could soon have the ability to strike anywhere in the continental U.S. North and South Korean soldiers glare at each other across the line that Kim Jong Un historically stepped across for his recent summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A planned summit between Trump and Kim will be held in Singapore on June 12.

"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.

"The president on Saturday said that he has a "clear objective" heading into the Singapore summit, but that 'it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment" because Kim has "never been tested".

"Here we were, 60 miles outside of New York City, with rifles", said Peter Ticktin, a lawyer in Florida, who was in his class. "I don't want to waste his time", Trump said. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some USA news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.

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