Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Hong Kong-born Kim Jong-un impersonator detained in Singapore

Hong Kong-born Kim Jong-un impersonator detained in Singapore

The historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un would be the first between sitting United States and North Korean leaders.

Trump's comments came as he looked to reassure allies that he won't give away the store in pursuit of a legacy-defining deal with Kim, who has long sought to cast off his pariah status on the global stage.

The two options: Seek a freeze on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs through direct engagement, or increase pressure on North Korea through China. "I hope it won't be necessary to walk, because I really believe that Kim Jong-un wants to do something that is going to be great for his people, and also great for his family, and great for himself", Mr. Trump said.

The president said it will be more than just a photo-op and could be followed by additional meetings. He said the talks would start a process to bring about a resolution to the nuclear issue.

"The only ones sensitive about this are the media", he said.

Trump also hinted that he and Kim Jong-Un could sign an agreement to end the Korean War at their meeting. If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable. "And we can not take sanctions off".

"We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation", Trump said.

"We can not take sanctions off", Trump said. "We have a list of over 300 massive, in some cases, sanctions to put on North Korea, and I've made a decision to hold that until we can make a deal". "I could add a lot more, but I've chosen not to do that at this time, but that may happen". The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice but not a formal peace treaty.

"So I think that could happen", he said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House.

"I appreciated it very much, and nothing other than".

Analysts say Kim went out of his way to defuse hostility during his recent appearances, and image consultant Park Young-sil says that he "made the most effective use of the power of the smile through this inter-Korean summit". "So this isn't a question of preparation; it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly".

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Administration officials indicated that Trump actually was putting in preparation time.

The objective of Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" is to press North Korea to return to dialogue and produce desirable outcomes from talks. "This has already driven us to a place we'd not been able to achieve".

Obama advised Trump to pursue the pressure option, according to Wolfsthal. Past administrations have also used a combination of sanctions and diplomacy to seek denuclearization, but the results failed to endure.

They also argue allowing a North Korean leader to have a face-to-face meeting with a sitting USA president alone is a huge concession to North Korea.

"The fact was no US president wanted to do this, and for good reason", he said.

"That he's prepared to denuclearise and that, too, he understands. that this has to be big and bold and we have to agree to making major changes".

Before he sits down with Kim, Trump must first face wary US allies who question his commitment to their own security and resent his quarrelling with them on sensitive trade matters. Abe heads to Canada from here to attend the G7 Summit.

Despite his repeated criticism of Obama for failing to stop North Korea's nuclear development, Trump took Obama's advice and employed it in his strategy.

Mr Abe requested the meeting with Mr Trump to ensure Japan's interests are represented in the Trump-Kim meeting.

The North Korean leader is a "demon", said Kim Sang-jin, a former South Korean soldier turned anti-North Korea protester.

The summit comes after Trump and Kim exchanged threats and personal insults previous year over Pyongyang's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental U.S.

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