The only certainty about Trump-Kim summit is uncertainty

Roman Schwartz
June 11, 2018

Regardless, Trump seemed determined to keep his meeting with Kim low-key, dangling the possibility of a future summit in the USA if things go well this week.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks".

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. More than 1,000 journalists from around the globe have converged on Singapore, though few may actually lay eyes on the two leaders.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

Trump in May briefly scrapped the summit with Kim, only to later reinstate the meeting after meeting withNorth Korea official Kim Yong Chol.

So how should Trump communicate with Kim? After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Considering Trump has admitted that he hasn't prepared for this upcoming meeting, he will need to rely on his alleged "best negotiator" skills to get the job done. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CBS News in Washington that "Kim must not see American weakness".

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It was Kim's only foray on Monday outside of the St. Regis hotel, where he's been staying since his arrival a day earlier. Oh, and North Korea poses a much greater potential threat because of its successful nuclear and missile tests a year ago. It has been speaking of a "changed era", where old certainties are being rethought to achieve denuclearisation and peace. He said the summit will lay the ground work for the "hard work" ahead.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said.

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The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Trump will hold a press conference and leave Singapore later Tuesday, the White House said, noting that negotiations "have moved more quickly than expected".

The trip to Singapore - nearly 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) south of Pyongyang - represents Kim's farthest trip from home since taking power after his father's death in 2011.

"This would bring us a step closer to reunification." she said.

"I can only say this, " Pompeo said.

On the summit's eve, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew a firm line, saying the USA plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Mr Trump said: "Very good".

Even though the big meeting isn't on the schedule until Tuesday in Singapore, there were still plenty of interesting developments over the course of the first full day that President Donald Trump has been in the city. "Given the history of the way KCNA has reported, I think that is a sign for optimism".

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

At issue is whether Kim would be willing to abandon a nuclear weapons program that has advanced rapidly in recent years, posing an increasing threat to the United States and its allies.

'Challenging Path' "We could be on a course for a more collaborative approach and lower tensions, albeit in a very challenging path forward on the North Korean nuclear issues".

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