Kim Jong Un Impersonator 'doesn't respond to threats'

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2018

When briefing reporters before boarding the plane to Singapore, President Trump said that he was ready to raise any issues with his North Korean counterpart, including the release of a number of people jailed in North Korea.

Kim is welcomed by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his visit to the Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, following the North Korean leader's arrival in Singapore.

Both Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking with officers at the Home Team command post for the summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"You know they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?".

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.

Mr Lee added: "When the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we couldn't say no". In fact, North Korea merely said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down a key testing site.

In an apparent bid to lower soaring expectations fueled partly by himself, Trump has already signaled the possibility that it may take more than one meeting with Kim to seal an ultimate agreement. The move was in reaction to North Korea's criticism of U.S. vice president Mike Pence's statement that the country could meet the same fate as Libya if it failed to meet a nuclear deal with the US.

Olivia Enos of the US -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

"If it's hard for the USA ... to continue pushing 'maximum pressure, ' " Kotani said of Trump's campaign of sanctions and diplomacy meant to bring the North to the negotiating table, "then Japan should continue to verify the commitment of the global community on behalf of Washington".

Diplomats and foreign policy experts have criticized the idea of a US president sitting down solo with the North Korean dictator, saying it heightens the potential for a misleading readout from Kim that could come into conflict with Trump's account of the exchange.

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.

The president has allowed that persuading Kim to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require more than a single sit-down.

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven + major industrialised nations that cast a cloud over his efforts to score a major foreign policy win in the nuclear talks. "I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen", Trump predicted Saturday. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

The summit could also produce some sort of declaration - short of a formal treaty - about ending the Korean War, 65 years after the armistice.

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