Trump-Kim summit today

The preliminaries continue leading up to today’s historic summit between Kim Yong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore.

US Secretary of State Mile Pompeo continues to spin a hard line.

Having stated such an absolute objective gives Trump plenty of room to walk away from the talks claiming a lack of agreement was Kim’s fault.

Reuters: Trump upbeat ahead of North Korean summit; Kim visits Singapore sites

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore could “work out very nicely” as officials from both countries sought to narrow differences on how to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

Officials from the two sides held last-minute talks aimed at laying the groundwork for a meeting that was almost unthinkable just months ago when the two leaders were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

But after a flurry of diplomatic overtures eased tension in recent months, the two leaders are now headed for a history-making handshake that U.S. officials hope could eventually lead to the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear program that threatens the United States.

Offering a preview to reporters, Pompeo said it could provide “an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity” to North Korea.

However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for “the hard work that will follow”, insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim’s dynastic rule.

Kim has used his time in Singapore to do some sight seeing, something that will be a novelty for him.

Kim, one of the world’s most reclusive leaders, made an evening tour of sites on Singapore’s waterfront, on the eve of the summit that is due to get underway on Tuesday morning at a nearby resort island.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un waves to the crowd in Singapore, June 11, 2018
in thispicture obtained from social media. JO CHAMERLAIN /via REUTERS

A lot of world attention will be on Singapore today.

 

40 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  June 12, 2018

    Kim’s an extrovert and loves the social scene and the lime light. He’ll know that he won’t be a big man without nukes. Mike Pompeo might be spinning a new line at summits close.

    • Corky

       /  June 12, 2018

      Kim’s like you, Arty…he likes to lead the bulls-eye in public.

  2. Conspiratoor

     /  June 12, 2018

    Does anyone here seriously believe Kim is going to give up his only bargaining chip?

    Or trump is so naive he actually believes it either?

    • Gezza

       /  June 12, 2018

      Yes. David Blue & Alan, I think.

      • Gezza

         /  June 12, 2018

        Possibly Corky too but I’d have to go back & check & I can’t be bothered.

        • Corky

           /  June 12, 2018

          I’m on record as saying Kim won’t give up his Nukes. So is half the world I reckon.

          • Gezza

             /  June 12, 2018

            Fair enuf, but I’m not giving you an uptick in case it was you that downticked me.

            But the other question is – do you think Trump ever believed he would?

            • Corky

               /  June 12, 2018

              No. But he’s playing the off-chance. Always play the off-chance.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 12, 2018

      I think he would give it up if he could be induced to see himself as the hub that China, US, SK, Russia and Japan pivot around rather than threaten. Maybe a US security treaty could accomplish that.

  3. MaureenW

     /  June 12, 2018

    They will already have pre-agreed some successful summit, face-saving outcomes. No idea what the main take-aways will be, but they will both come out heroes. Following through with the details of any agreements may be a bit tricky later, but today will be Kim and Don’s day.

  4. Zedd

     /  June 12, 2018

    Mr T says ‘I will know within a minute if he is genuine’..
    maybe Mr K will know within half a minute ? 😀

    • Zedd

       /  June 12, 2018

      a downtick already.. what do you think; Mr K will know with a few seconds ?? 😀

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 12, 2018

        Mostly people do. We sum each other up in a very few seconds.

  5. Zedd

     /  June 12, 2018

    watching AlJz.. one thing is clear; The Media CIRCUS has begun, ‘with gusto !’

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 12, 2018

    Beware of Trump’s tweets on the way home. Don’t write your headlines until you’ve seen them.

  7. Zedd

     /  June 12, 2018

    They said Mr K is leaving in a couple of hours & Mr T a few hours later.. just enough time for DPRK to push the launch button (once Mr K is clear).. BOOM.. alas poor Singapore; we knew it well ?

  8. Corky

     /  June 12, 2018

    I wonder how this meeting is being spun by North Korean State Media? How the meeting is presented to the North Korean public my give a hint as to whether Kin wants honest dialogue and resolution, or whether he is just playing us ‘Roundies.”

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 12, 2018

      • Corky

         /  June 12, 2018

        Good to see they have coloured telly. Or is that broadcast signal state propaganda?

        • Gezza

           /  June 12, 2018

          😀 👍🏼

          • Gezza

             /  June 12, 2018

            They often show the newsreader on NKTV on Aljaz. Always the same stern -looking Kim-praising middle aged woman in Korean national address.

  9. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 12, 2018

    Kudos to Moon, Kim, and trump too if they actually pull a workable agreement out of this.

  10. Corky

     /  June 12, 2018

    Trumpy applied the power handshake. He knows his power moves. He bent Comey down to his height in another power move.

    Trumpy is the worlds most powerful individual. He is the news. He is a master entertainer.

    Obama? Who…..???

    • Gezza

       /  June 12, 2018

      Been watching events live on Aljaz. In the final handshakes, Trump’s is under, Kim’s is on top. But Kim gave credit to President Trump for their meeting. Most diplomatically competent Trump’s ever been. But he was equally diplomatic towards Kim when he met the returned prisoners & gave an impromptu press conference on the Andrews AFB tarmac over the jet engines.

      Full credit to Trump so far, from me.

      • Gezza

         /  June 12, 2018

        It was very clear from Trump’s later remarks while Kim was present that those two will be meeting again & will be talking directly on the blower in the future. I think this is a good thing.

  11. Promising, but early hours – it will take days if not years to find out what today’s meeting changes.

    • Zedd

       /  June 12, 2018

      looks like signed by: Donald J ANGRYMAN !

    • Gezza

       /  June 12, 2018

      What we are learning about Kim is that he is ruthless, but he is well-educated & he is smart. He will know more about America & how it works & Trump, than Trump will about Kim & North Korea. But bringing North Korea out of international isolation is better than leaving them in it. And on that both men are probably agreed. Developments from here on will be fascinating.

      • Zedd

         /  June 12, 2018

        Yes I heard Mr K was educated at private schools in Switzerland ?
        ‘Prince Kim’

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 12, 2018

        I think that link I posted above was very insightful:
        https://yournz.org/2018/06/12/trump-kim-summit-today/#comment-282622

        and as I surmised some kind of US NK security alliance may be the key to denuclearization.

        It will be a curious irony if the sanctions Trump persuaded China to place on NK have the effect of moving NK out of China’s dominance into America’s protection..

  12. Zedd

     /  June 12, 2018

    A reporter on AlJz also commented that Mr T (& maybe MrK) could have, winning the Nobel peace prize, at the FRONT of ‘their agenda’ ??

    • Gezza

       /  June 12, 2018

      I doubt it’s on Kim’s mind. It’ll be on Trump’s because Obama got one just for not being George W Bush. Trump will want two.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 12, 2018

        It’ll be ok if his is bigger.

        • Gezza

           /  June 12, 2018

          Yeah I nearly posted again to say the same thing. 😀