US News With smiles and a handshake, Trump and Kim could mask gulf on nuclear arms

02:00  12 june  2018
02:00  12 june  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Giuliani: Kim Jong Un got 'on his hands and knees and begged' for summit

  Giuliani: Kim Jong Un got 'on his hands and knees and begged' for summit President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un got "on his hands and knees and begged" American diplomats to reinstate a planned meeting with Trump after it was canceled last month.The former New York City mayor told The Wall Street Journal that Trump's cancellation of the meeting, which is now back on for the planned date of June 12, forced the North Korean leader into a favorable position. © Provided by The Hill "They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war," Giuliani told the newspaper.

leader Kim Jong Un shake hands for the first time and sit down one-on-one here Tuesday, the bonhomie they plan to project will mask the huge gulf The decision by Trump and Kim to begin their Singapore summit without their top advisers or nuclear arms specialists underscores that their real

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Trump and Kim hope to stage a spectacle, even as their representatives struggle to find common ground. © getty Trump and Kim hope to stage a spectacle, even as their representatives struggle to find common ground. SINGAPORE — When President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands for the first time and sit down one-on-one here Tuesday, the bonhomie they plan to project will mask the huge gulf between their two countries as diplomats struggle to broker a deal for the rogue state to abandon its nuclear weapons.

The decision by Trump and Kim to begin their Singapore summit without their top advisers or nuclear arms specialists in the room underscores that their real goal is to develop a rapport and stage a global spectacle rather than to ink the technical details of a denuclearization accord.

Trump leaves G7 early for 'mission of peace' with Kim

  Trump leaves G7 early for 'mission of peace' with Kim Donald Trump declared that he was on a "mission of peace" before leaving the G7 summit early to meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore. He told reporters he would "know within a minute" whether Mr Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear weapons, adding that he would not prolong talks if he sensed otherwise.The US leader boarded a plane from Quebec on Saturday ahead of the highly anticipated meeting with the North Korean leader on Tuesday, leaving G7 leaders early and missing environmental talks.

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Both nations have sought to lower expectations for an immediate breakthrough this week in Singapore. Trump has described the summit as the first step in what could be a lengthy process, dangling the possibility of inviting Kim to the United States for a second meeting. And in an indication that Kim is like-minded, North Korean state media described a process of normalizing relations with the United States that would unfold over time.

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When Trump meets Kim on Tuesday, the two leaders plan to shake hands and take a ceremonial walk before cameras at the Capella hotel on the tropical resort island here of Sentosa, according to a senior U.S. official. After they hold an hour or two of private discussions accompanied only by their interpreters, Trump and Kim will be joined by their top advisers for a more traditional bilateral meeting.

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Meanwhile, Trump and Kim’s representatives labored Monday here at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to find agreement on the substance of an eventual nuclear arms deal. The talks were preceded by negotiations the previous month in New York and the Panmunjom truce village in North Korea, in the demilitarized zone with South Korea.

The working-level sessions, including those led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have foundered repeatedly over basic issues of what the summit should be about and an inability to close fundamental gaps in understanding over North Korean denuclearization.

Pompeo told reporters Monday that the day-long talks were going well but would not provide details.

“North Korea has previously confirmed to us their willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see whether those words prove sincere,” Pompeo said.

A key stumbling block in the negotiations has been what comes first. The North Koreans want a firm security guarantee, meaning a promise that the United States will not attack or seek to overthrow Kim. The Americans want a substantive denuclearization pledge.

Merkel shares photo of her with Trump on sidelines of G-7

  Merkel shares photo of her with Trump on sidelines of G-7 Merkel shares photo of her with Trump on sidelines of G-7The photo was posted to Merkel's official Instagram account, with a caption describing it as a "spontaneous meeting between two working sessions.

Singapore: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his secretive, impoverished country.

If the summit finally goes ahead, the US president, Donald Trump , and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, are due to shake hands in Trump has even admitted that the summit with the North Korea leader could clear the way for the signing of a document that would put a formal end to the war.

Victor D. Cha, a former national security official who negotiated with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, said, “It’s not surprising that they’re stuck.”

“They can’t even get past first base on the security assurances because the North Koreans will never define what it actually means to end the hostile policy,” said Cha, who was considered by Trump to be ambassador to South Korea.

Leading Monday’s talks in Singapore were veteran U.S. diplomat Sung Kim and North Korea’s Choe Son Hui, a vice foreign minister with a long history of dealing with the United States. They were still trying to draft a joint statement outlining the areas of agreement for Trump and Kim. Typically, such precooked statements, or communiques, are worked out far in advance of summits.

U.S. negotiators have been unable to get the North Koreans to offer a substantive pledge on denuclearization upfront, which has been the chief demand of the Trump administration.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama et al. standing around a plane © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post The issue plagued a May 27 meeting in Panmunjom between U.S. and North Korean diplomats, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The talks began with the North Korean side, led by Choe, saying denuclearization should not be on the table for the Singapore summit — a position rejected by the Americans as a non-starter.

'A changed era': How N Korea is reporting talks

  'A changed era': How N Korea is reporting talks North Korea's state media has described the talks between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as part of a "changed era" - the secretive state's first comment on the momentous summit. The KCNA news agency said the two leaders will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" during their meeting at the five-star Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_4b42a3ff-989a-4d78-bc05-766771d2572b").

They will include the handshake between Kim and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in at the beginning of the summit, a Trump , who prides himself on being a master negotiator but also has a penchant for the limelight, is playing up the prospect of persuading Kim to relinquish his nuclear weapons program.

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The two sides did not meet for two days, in part because the North Korean delegation did not have the authority to negotiate without additional guidance from Pyongyang, until reconvening briefly May 30 for a session that made little progress in resolving the impasse.

At the same time, North Korea sent former spy chief Kim Yong Chol to meet with Pompeo in New York. The North Korean was similarly noncommittal about denuclearization — and although Pompeo said they made good progress, their May 31 meeting concluded two hours earlier than expected.

“The [Singapore] meeting is historic, but a real test of success will be whether it actually leads to concrete, steady, prompt progress toward the twin goals of denuclearization and the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. “By definition, that requires a common understanding of what ‘denuclearization’ and ‘peace’ entails and what the major action-for-action steps must be.”

A senior White House official acknowledged the difficulty both sides have had working through the more complicated details of a nuclear deal but said Tuesday’s meeting between Trump and Kim will supersede the staff-level discussions and will drive the outcome.

Trump hypes the drama hours before nuclear summit with Kim

  Trump hypes the drama hours before nuclear summit with Kim <p>The president said he'll know soon if a 'real deal' can be struck</p>SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump hyped the drama surrounding his historic nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday, tweeting hours before its 9 p.m. ET start that "we will all know soon" if a "real deal" is in the offing.

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The North, many experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear - armed missiles, and while there's It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

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A spokesman for the State Department declined to comment, saying the U.S. government will not discuss “the details of our private diplomatic discussions.”

Evelyn Farkas, a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration with expertise in Asia policy, said, “The biggest problem for the negotiators is the lack of trust on both sides.”

“The sticking point, historically, has been that the North Koreans have insisted we make the first move,” Farkas said. “In the past we did, and we got burned. The U.S. expert negotiating team is well aware of this history and will be working overtime to ensure that the North Koreans gain our trust by taking irreversible actions early, if not first.”

Trump called off the Singapore summit last month over what U.S. officials called stonewalling from the North Korean side, only to reinstate the meeting after receiving a personal letter from Kim.

Donald Trump © reuters Donald Trump Two U.S. officials familiar with the planning said the North Koreans became more communicative and cooperative after Trump’s June 1 announcement that the meeting was back on — but only to a point.

Run-up meetings were thin on technical nuclear discussions, those officials said, and looked almost nothing like the painstaking preparation for arms control summits of the past, including between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The U.S. delegation in Singapore does not include high-level expertise in nuclear inspection and verification, although Sung Kim is a veteran of the last lengthy nuclear arms control effort with North Korea, called the six-party talks.

Trump says he was being sarcastic when he said he wants people to treat him like Kim Jong-un

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More Than Just a Handshake ? The genuinely inspiring Korea summit sets Trump up for a major The fact that Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in met at all— smiling , shaking hands , talking in high spirits of A couple of extra frills could be added: Kim could agree to extend his suspension of nuclear and

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The North, many experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear - armed missiles, and while there's It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

Pompeo insisted Monday that Trump has appropriate help and expertise at hand, saying that the U.S. team includes Trump’s most senior adviser on weapons of mass destruction. He also said U.S. experts from the Pentagon, Energy Department and intelligence agencies had met for three months “to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling North Korea’s weapons programs.”

But that expertise can matter only if the two leaders set the framework Tuesday and see reason enough to follow up.

“We’ll see how far we get. But I am very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from tomorrow’s meeting between the two leaders,” Pompeo told reporters. “It is the case in each of those two countries there are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude, and those two people are going to be sitting in a room together.”

Trump’s enthusiasm for what he called the “unknown territory” of his meeting with Kim is starkly different from his testy discussions with democratic allies at the Group of Seven summit in Canada on Friday and Saturday.

Trump arrived at that meeting late and left early. Although Trump said his relationships with Canada, France, Germany and other traditional allies represented at the meeting are “a 10,” he broke with the group with an angry tweet accusing G-7 members of unfair trading practices.

The G-7 is the kind of traditional, polite, consensus-driven organization that Trump instinctively distrusts. He complained ahead of time that he did not want to sit through lectures from other leaders, and some officials inside the White House mused about sending Vice President Pence in his place.

By contrast, Trump sounded excited about the prospect of one-to-one dealings with Kim and the opportunity to make a bold stroke of his own design.

“This has probably rarely been done. It’s unknown territory, in the truest sense,” Trump said before leaving Canada for Singapore.

“But I really feel confident,” he added. “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. It’s never going to be there again.”

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