Trump and Kim set to arrive in Singapore for historic summit


Kim has taken only one known overseas trip by air since becoming leader in 2011 and the Ilyushin-76 cargo plane accompanied his personal Ilyushin-62M jet to Dalian in China in May. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said at a press briefing before leaving the G-7 meeting in Quebec.

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

Agreeing to a troop withdrawal from South Korea would be the worst possible outcome for the summit, said Christopher Hill, a former US ambassador who ran negotiations with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration. "I think the USA was played by North Korea, and to some extent by South Korea", Kristof said when we met at the New York Times office this week.

"I think I'm very well prepared - I don't think I have to prepare very much", Trump said at the White House on Thursday.

While he famously attended school in Switzerland, traveling this far as supreme leader is an entirely different matter for someone used to being the most revered, most protected, most deferred to human in his country of 25 million.

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Morneau said he is engaged in intense talks with his US counterparts in the hopes of finding a way forward. Trump's press conference Saturday marked his first solo press conference since February 16, 2017.

While President Donald Trump and other USA 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.

The president previously nicknamed Kim "Little Rocket Man," while the North Korean leader called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"Id like to accomplish more than that", Trump said.

Jenny Town, research analyst at the Stimson Center and managing editor of 38 North, said she expects to see at least some clarification of what the negotiated end goal is and sense of time frame for trying to achieve it.

At the same time, the U.S. president thinks that Kim Jong-un can make North Korea great. "We're going in with a very positive spirit". It could also give North Korea the opportunity to demand the withdrawal of US troops in the South or the halt of regular allied military exercises.

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A Kremlin spokesperson meanwhile said they were interested in "other formats", apart from the G7. He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine".

"I think President Moon Jae-in of the South was kind of freaked out, to use a non-technical term, and did everything he could to try to soothe tensions", Kristof says.

"I think that he's going to surprise on the upside", Trump said, adding that it "may not work out".

Kim Jong Un's motivation for a treaty may be, in part, linked to eventually getting US troops - 28,500 of them - out of the southern part of the peninsula; many believe that the North sees this as the first step in paving the way for a single Korea ruled by Pyongyang.

President Trump "is willing to do something big, something bold. It has to know that its people can eat and that they can have the wealth that the North Korean people so richly deserve", he told Japanese broadcaster NHK. Kim, whose organization helps defectors escape North Korea and China and assists them once they reach South Korea, said that, even now, the situation is much the same; North Koreans know their government is lying.

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