Trump and North Korea’s Kim share historic handshake as summit begins

Trump and North Korea’s Kim share historic handshake as summit begins

Trump and North Korea’s Kim share historic handshake as summit begins

The president is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.

Kim only started meeting with foreign leaders in recent months, slowly shedding a reputation as the reclusive ruler of the so-called Hermit Kingdom after summits with the Chinese and South Korean presidents. "We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session.

With a US president facing the prospect of his party being trounced in midterm elections and a North Korean leader eager for a coming out party on the global stage, what can Japan expect from Tuesday's historic summit?

If Trump and Kim fail in Singapore "the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of U.S".

Lee added that while the government has been "cost conscious" in its approach to spending for the summit it has also worked to ensure that all operational requirements for the meeting - especially in terms of security - have been met. She previously worked as an English-language interpreter for a North Korean delegation attending now-stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. 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".

We've already given Kim something precious: the summit itself.

It was hard to hear the president and Kim over the constant clicking of camera shutters, and it remains unclear precisely what he was referring to.

The United States and the world community have tried before to rein in North Korea.

Dennis Rodman, who has formed a close relationship with Kim since his visit to North Korea in 2013, said Friday in a Twitter post that he would give whatever support is needed to his friends, Trump and Kim.

Historian Robert Dallek, noting parallels and differences between the 1972 Nixon visit and this week's events, said, "We weren't going to ask them [the Chinese] to change governments or cut back on developing armaments of any kind".

Near the end of the interview clip, he tells Cuomo - through tears - "I'm so happy!"

"Tomorrow we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Chairman Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision", Pompeo said.

Rodman has traveled to North Korea in the past and seems to have struck up an unlikely friendship with the North Korean leader.

"Just meeting the regime, Kim Jon Un, and the whole marshals and everybody", Rodman continued on why he was invested in North Korea. Local media earlier reported that Trump and Kim will meet at Capella Hotel at 9 am today. Trump briefly called off the summit a few weeks ago before agreeing again to the 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 USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

Reuters could not confirm if leader Kim was staying in the Presidential Suite.

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