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Danielle McLaughlin: High stakes for Trump at Singapore sit-down

10 June, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Ted Wilson
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"I think that he's going to surprise on the upside", Trump said, adding that it "may not work out". And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time.

While President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials have said they are prepared to walk away from the summit, Pompeo still held out the possibility that some sort of written statement or communique that lays out tangible achievements from the June 12 meeting could emerge. "It's never been done, It's never been tested".

Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Trump receives daily intelligence briefings on North Korea.

Before setting off, Mr Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense". But if not, "at least well have met each other, well have seen each other, hopefully well have liked each other".

"It all started with us". And if I think it won't happen, I'm not gonna waste my time - I don't want to waste his time.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know".

There was heightened security at the St. Regis hotel in central Singapore, one of the hotels where the leaders were expected to stay.

Television news crews filmed the workers from the sidewalk, and curious local residents stopped to take photographs.

Statements from USA officials suggest considerable resistance from the North Korean side on this basic issue. A yellow sign, featuring the silhouette of an officer holding a machine gun, was set up in the driveway reading, "Police checks, comply with police orders".

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The US president predicted that he will know "within the first minute" if the Singapore summit, which has been under threat of cancellation, is a success.

The historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been scheduled on June 12 in Singapore as South Koreans remain cautious on recent talks of peace across their divided peninsula.

He will meet with Kim Jong Un Tuesday to discuss North Korean denuclearization and a potential end to the Korean War.

Beyond the speculation over motivation, however, Trump and Kim may face huge obstacles to settling a deal on their own; some even question whether a treaty, if they managed to pull it off, could lead to disaster, not peace. You ever hear of that one?

As a result, police will make stricter checks of people and personal property and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft systems will be prohibited in the special event areas.

Yet it remains unclear whether the two sides are attempting to reach commitments on tangible, confidence-boosting measures or trying instead to find consensus on broader shared principles to frame future negotiations. Isolated North Korea has long craved global recognition and the prestige of being seen as a nuclear state. South Korean media reported that a Chinese plane went to Pyongyang on Sunday and then to Beijing before heading to Singapore, but a later report said Kim's private plane was on its way to Singapore.

"You don't know. This has not been done before at this level".

Under a 2016 law passed by Congress, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, the president is obligated to investigate and sanction people and entities complicit in human rights abuses in North Korea, not just those involved in weapons proliferation and other illicit activities.

Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".

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