Kim summit: North Korea wins first round 3-2

Kim summit: North Korea wins first round 3-2

When President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore on June 12, most observers assume their negotiations will focus squarely on weapons proliferation issues and a possible peace treaty for the Korean Peninsula.

"The people know these are all lies because it's obvious".

Hong Kong-based impersonator Howard X, who has attracted worldwide attention in recent months for his impression of Kim, appeared on stage with Trump lookalike Dennis Alan.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, it would be good for the world". Trump made that announcement after hearing from South Korean intermediaries that Kim was "committed to denuclearisation", which met the U.S. pre-condition.

"I don't think either side can let this opportunity to go without some sort of principle agreements coming out of it that will allow for further discussions and hopefully a better position between the two countries". Tensions flared between Trump and US allies over his protectionist economic policies and decisions to exit the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord. The Rodong Sinmun piece made no mention of the North's nuclear program, but noted that it was the Trump administration that first sought talks after realizing its military threats and sanctions were "doomed to failure".

After cutting short his participation over the icy reception, Trump veered within hours from espousing a great relationship with the USA allies to tweeting that his host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had been "Very dishonest & weak" in post-summit remarks. A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump may also be on the line. When asked how quickly he will know if something good will come of the summit and if Kim was serious, Trump said he'd know very quickly. But then Trump did a quick pivot, signalling nearly immediately after scrapping the meeting that he was open to going ahead with it after all.

Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father who died in 2011, violated past global deals aimed at curbing the North's nuclear program and ballistic missiles by launching new weapons tests. "We're going in with a very positive spirit". More importantly, China, which accounts for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, has signalled it will no longer vigorously enforce sanctions against Pyongyang as a reward for Kim's outreach.

North Korea's nuclear intentions reach back to the 1950s, but it was during the period of 1980 through 1994 that the isolated nation-state was able to produce its own nuclear fuel and weapons, leaning heavily on soviet, and then Russian assistance. If the summit proves to be the first step in a substantial and permanent improvement in US-North Korea relations, both countries and the region as a whole will have won big. Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, is pursuing a long-sought North Korean demand for a treaty that may be aimed at getting U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. Trump wants Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip. "This should be a matter between US and South Korea".

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