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Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase

Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase
Nellie Chapman | 12 June, 2018, 02:02

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the USA, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Managing expectations is one of the oldest games in politics. 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".

Mr Kim has also said he wants to focus on building the North Korean economy - and thus wants sanctions relief and global investment.

Since his election as president in November 2018, several media houses have been vehement critics of the USA president and his policies-unswayed by his constant "FAKE NEWS" attacks-and they made no exception with their comments on the Trump-Kim meeting.

But after a flurry of diplomatic overtures eased tension in recent months, the two leaders are now headed for a history-making handshake that U.S. officials hope could eventually lead to the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear programme that threatens the United States.

Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

Mr. Trump and Kim are meeting Tuesday in what the USA hopes will be the start of negotiations to eliminate North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program.

This is a very high bar and probably unrealistic after one meeting.

Interested in North Korea?

It's where former Chinese President Hu Jin Tao stayed during the 2009 APEC Summit (and don't tell Trump, but Hillary Clinton stayed there in 2011, too).

North Korean-US Summit
Image credit ULI-PwC report

Probably. In fact, Trump has been doing quite a bit of this lately.

The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said. It is not known what will be announced following the summit. "The 'plus" refers to discussions on ending the Korean War".

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting.

Trump, after meeting recently with a North Korean envoy at the White House, said the summit will likely be part of "a process". How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious?

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he doubts "very seriously that we're going to accomplish much at the first meeting".

"The idea is to force North Korea to do a quick and complete denuclearization and not to drag it out, which will make the United States look like a fool", Zhang said "The problem here is: Will Kim accept this?"

Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally. "However, now there are good chances to push North Korean nuclear/missile programme back, for many years perhaps, and keep it that way for some time".

But a failure Tuesday doesn't necessarily mean a return to the animosity of 2017.

Trump spoke only briefly in public, forecasting a "nice" outcome for the summit during a meeting with Singapore's prime minister.

Messrs. Trump and Kim are expected to meet face-to-face on Tuesday morning to discuss prospects of a deal in which North Korea would give up nuclear capabilities in exchange for help opening its economy.