The Trump-Kim peace summit has been downgraded to a half-day

Irving Hamilton
June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump is predicting that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have "a terrific relationship" as they meet face to face for the first time.

He and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting United States president.

Following an on-camera greeting, the pair will begin the summit with a one-on-one meeting with only their translators, according to a senior Trump administration official.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.

Some foreign-policy experts said the breakdown at the Group of 7 meeting would play to North Korea's advantage, since Mr. Trump can ill afford a second failed summit, back to back.

The motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the Capella hotel, the venue of the summit between North Korea and the U.s., on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Yet even as he turned his attention to the summit, Trump continued his blistering attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tweeting: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

It's so far unclear whether the USA and North Korea will release some kind of joint statement or agreement following the sit-down.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter. In some instances, past deals struck by previous USA administrations with North Korea paused - but failed to roll back - North Korea's program, which has only grown over the years. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse.

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Ford spokesman Said Deep issued a brief statement following the announcement: "These are exciting times for Ford and Detroit ". He described them as respectful and "not protracted", despite his "mixed emotions" about closing the deal.

Trump said Tuesday after meeting Kim that he's feeling "really great".

The air of uncertainty was confirmed by Trump himself.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting. As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

"I can only say this", Pompeo said. The talks are expected to be devoted to the future of Pyongyang's nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions.

If things fall apart, it could be because "Trump presents Kim with a hard-and-fast binary choice: relinquish nuclear weapons and live in peace and prosperity, or cling to them and risk the impoverishment of your people and the safety of your regime", Haas said. Four of the nation's six nuclear tests have taken place since Kim took power in 2011.

China, both Koreas and the United States would have to sign off on any legally binding treaty, so it is unlikely Kim and Trump will do more than express an intention to end the war.

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