Nuclear Tests Through the Years: From WWII to Kim Jong Un

Daniel Fowler
June 11, 2018

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week. That's a sign he's confident about his grip on power back home.

It would be the first summit between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

A CNN analyst, in a report titled 'Four steps for a successful Trump-Kim summit', highlights how "it is still hard to predict how any summit will go (especially with two unpredictable leaders such as Trump and Kim)". "We were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit, and I would like to thank you for that", Kim, speaking through an interpreter, told Lee.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. Forging a peace treaty involving South Korea may be another topic of the Trump-Kim meeting.

Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

North Korea's last test blast - its sixth - occurred last September and the country's official new agency described the weapon as an H-bomb, saying it demonstrated the country's "strength and stamina".

Mr. Pompeo praised the G-7 nations for their help getting North Korea talks set up.

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But this time, media have not only told North Korean citizens that their leader is out of the country, but also that he is meeting a man with whom they were openly exchanging insults only six months ago.

Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Some analysts said a Kim commitment to specific negotiations on denuclearisation could well be enough for Tuesday's summit to be a success.

Trump in May briefly scrapped the summit with Kim, only to later reinstate the meeting after meeting withNorth Korea official Kim Yong Chol.

Kim, on the other hand, has shown he is prepared for his moment on the world stage, and could end up outfoxing Trump, said Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

The Swiss-educated leader, who is believed to be 34, has not left his isolated country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the border Demilitarised Zone, which separates the two Koreas.

"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.

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