Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump, Kim pile on charm at summit, but no word on progress

Trump, Kim pile on charm at summit, but no word on progress

He met with Pompeo in NY last month before heading to the White House to hand-deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un succeeded in appearing like President Donald Trump's equal during the first historic encounter between the two leaders on Tuesday, according to South Korean media.

During a tour of various attractions in Singapore on Monday, Kim said "Singapore is clean and lovely and every building is stylish" as he had heard of in the past, according to the KCNA.

Then, last month, he returned to the country for another meeting with Kim as Trump's new secretary of state.

In some instances, past deals struck by previous US administrations with North Korea paused - but failed to roll back - North Korea's program, which has only grown over the years.

PM Lee is scheduled to meet Kim at the Istana on Sunday, and Trump on Monday.

"He's one of the best negotiators of all time and I'm looking forward to him adding to his historic success at the Singapore Summit", Rodman wrote.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.

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He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but stressed the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

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His recovery was a great source of pride for him and for his friends, contributing to his upbeat manor. Kudlow, 70, joined Team Trump in mid-March, coming from CNBC. "He made an error", Kudlow said.

Trump, Kim confident but body language reveals nerves at first meeting
Several commentators on Twitter noted that Trump said nicer things about Kim Jong Un than he did about some USA allies. Trump appeared to be speaking to Kim throughout the 12 seconds of the handshake but Kim did not reply.

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.

Trump pushed back on criticism that giving the North Korean leader a meeting with an American president was a major concession made with nothing of value received in return.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an worldwide pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

"I can only say this", Pompeo said. "I also learned that he loves his country very much". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting USA and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be honest about his willingness to denuclearize.

North Korea signed onto a goal of "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula in an April 27 declaration with South Korea.

He added: "North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize and we are eager to see if those words prove honest".

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