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In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

11 June 2018
In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

Won't they?' later, United States president Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore over the course of Sunday.

During his meeting with Lee, Trump remarked, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow".

Haas offers a useful warning, though, as people around the world settle in to watch the show in Singapore: "Virtually no North Korea analyst inside or outside of the US government" expects Kim to actually give up his nukes. He may be staying at the St. Regis Hotel, where China's President Xi Jinping once stayed.

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

The art of the unconventional deal?

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The top U.S. and North Korean negotiators had earlier emerged from a last-ditch meeting at the Ritz Carlton with pursed lips, and no sign of whether an attempt to narrow the gap between U.S. and North Korean expectations of what denuclearisation should look like, had worked. We are where we are because Mr Trump has taken a sword and sliced his way through conventional diplomatic behaviour.

Previous White House administrations had denied Kim, his father and grandfather, the "reward" of a face-to-face meeting with a sitting USA president. There was no need to. On the other hand, American and South Korean officials have described Kim as well versed on the issues and very clear on what he wants to achieve: a relaxation of punishing economic sanctions in return for real or maybe just vaguely promised denuclearization.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear. There's probably an even better chance that it will take a period of time. Kim also released a statement in September that said he will "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire". The only sane reaction is to hope that they do both get along.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

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Media captionBarbed wire and smuggled crabs: Watching North Korea from China How did they arrive? Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.

Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

Mr Kim was driven to the city centre on Sunday in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles.

U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attend a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore June 11, 2018.

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the U.S. has also drawn attention.

The US president was the first of the G7 leaders to leave the summit in Canada where he briefed his peers on the meeting.

The US president vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US. An invitation to visit Trump in October, coupled with a few interactions with the UN General Assembly could be most catalytic.

It is the first time the contents of the letter have been discussed, after the White House refused to say what it said.

South Korea estimates the North has 50 kilograms of plutonium, reportedly enough for around 10 bombs, and a "considerable" ability to produce uranium weapons.