Kim lands in Singapore ahead of high-stakes Trump summit

Trump Says That Without Otto Warmbier, North Korea Summit Wouldn't Have Happened

Trump Says That Without Otto Warmbier, North Korea Summit Wouldn't Have Happened

President Trump gives North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a thumbs up at their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday.

"Many people will think of this as a scene from a fantasy. science fiction movie", said North Korean president Kim Jong-un on Tuesday of his meeting with US leader Donald Trump in Singapore.

The key will be whether the two leaders can narrow their differences over the definition of denuclearization.

Lasting peace has obvious benefits for China, especially in bolstering the development of its rust-belt and landlocked northeast which borders North Korea and would suffer in the even of conflict.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a "very risky problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world".

Setting out the United States position before the summit, Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.

On Tuesday morning, Pompeo fed the mounting anticipation of diplomatic breakthrough, saying: "We're ready for today".

"I've been to North Korea six times".

"We will be doing something on it", Trump said. I knew things were going to change.

While Donald Trump said that the denuclearisation process of North Korea is expected to start "very quickly", Kim Jong added, "world will see a major change".


Trump also said he would "love" to invite Kim to the White House.

As I recently wrote, while certain sanctions on North Korea are discretionary, a key 2016 law specifically obligates the president to sanction people and entities complicit in human rights abuses in North Korea - not just those involved in weapons proliferation - and the Trump administration legally can't suspend sanctions more broadly unless North Korea implements key human rights reforms.

"Something happened from that day, it was a bad thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea".

He declined to comment on whether he planned to meet Trump or Kim.

After the summit ended, Trump assessed that Kim had a "great personality" and is 'very smart - good combination'.

Balakrishnan also said that the Singapore government was footing the hotel bill for Kim Jong Un and his delegation who are staying at the St Regis hotel. Trump grasped Kim's right arm as they shook, and then, later, took hold of Kim's left arm as they turned to face the cameras and the world, both their expressions momentarily deadening before they turned to face each other again, and smiled.

Both North Korea and the USA have nonetheless sought to set expectations high.

"I learned he's a very talented man".

"I really, really hope for a good outcome", said Yoon Ji, a professor at Seoul's Sungshin University.

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