Asia’s Geneva: what Singapore has to offer Trump and Kim

Roman Schwartz
June 10, 2018

At worst, the summit will be merely a photo opportunity, exploited by North Korea to heighten the legitimacy of a nation state that is isolated, impoverished and shut out of all major worldwide institutions.

On the North Korea summit: "I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really - in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world".

Asked how he would be able to make such a distinction, he said: "My touch, my feel".

The North Korean leader's 39-year-old IL62 P-885 appeared over northeast China for a brief time on the flight tracking website, though disappeared from view shortly after entering Chinese airspace. North Korea has previously used the term to demand the USA pull thousands of troops out of South Korea and end its so-called "nuclear umbrella" agreement to protect South Korea, which lacks nukes. "I don't know why those two famous guys come here", she said.

"It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well", he said.

"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are".

"Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics", Alan added, referring to their appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

The recently upgraded jet - which has a range of some 5000 miles - is nearly certainly carrying Kim to Singapore, having been used by the North Korean leader for a visit to Dalian in China this year.

So why would Trump purposefully say, in front of his friend Abe, who has a lot to lose in the North Korea talks, that he wasn't preparing?

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"I congratulate the leaders of other countries for crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their countries and bad for the United States", Trump said.

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017.

At the same time, the United States president thinks that Kim Jong-un can make North Korea great. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some US news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30. "So, I think that could happen".

Such is the short-term nature of politics, and the cult of personality unique to the Trump presidency.

Trump insisted last week that the summit would "not be just a photo op", saying it would help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" towards the "ultimate making of a deal".

After trying to smooth over tensions with the six other leaders at the summit in Canada, Trump spoke optimistically about his looming meeting and said he believed it would go well, reports Daily Mail.

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

"I have a clear objective, but I have to say - it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment". That would be illegal, under the 2016 law, unless North Korea also agrees to key human rights reforms.

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