Trump departs Canada for Singapore’s meeting with North Korean leader

Trump departs Canada for Singapore’s meeting with North Korean leader

President Trump predicted Saturday that he will know nearly immediately when meeting Kim Jong Un whether the North Korean dictator is serious about negotiating a nuclear deal, suggesting his intuition is enough to size up the leader of the worlds most opaque authoritarian regime.

Kim has the "opportunity" to make a deal with the U.S., Trump said Saturday, but he "won't have that opportunity again".

Kim said that it is obvious to North Koreans that the government of Kim Jong Un is lying to the people about the country's situation and its reality.

"I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see", Trump said in Quebec of Kim.

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.

Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will rely heavily on his own instincts.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump were seen having a grand old time in Singapore - wait, no. their meeting isn't until June 12. "I think I'll also know whether it will happen fast". "So, I think that could happen".

"The people know these are all lies because it's obvious". "I think it would be well received and I think [Kim] would look at it very favorably".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018...

"What has been done before hasn't worked", Trump said, accusing "haters" of saying he was gifting Kim the meeting. Tensions flared between Trump and USA allies over his protectionist economic policies and decisions to exit the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord. He cited Trudeau's comments as a reason to withdraw from the G-7's official statement, underscoring the unpredictable nature of negotiations with the American president.




In 1994, just as North Korea's ability to produce nuclear weapons was confirmed, the Clinton administration signed the "Agreed Framework" requiring North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons programme in return for normalisation of economic and diplomatic relations.

"So far so good", Trump said.

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".

Trump's diplomacy with North Korea has been cheered on by South Korea, whose new leadership is more supportive of engagement with the North than any South Korean government in years.

"We appreciate everything what is going on". "I hope the first priority of the real meeting is to have Kim stop shooting off missiles and destabilising the region". For decades, if a potential deal with North Korea looked too good to be true, it nearly certainly was.

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. As many foreign policy experts, religious leaders, and human rights advocates have pointed out, human rights and weapons proliferation are inextricably linked.

Trump said he was not concerned about critics' suggestions that giving Kim a meeting is a win for North Korea.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

On Thursday, Singapore's government said it would temporarily lift United Nations -related sanctions it had imposed against trade with North Korea from Saturday to help facilitate preparations for the unprecedented summit.

Rodman is one of a handful of Westerners to have visited reclusive North Korea and met with Kim, and he most recently traveled there a year ago as a private citizen.

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