Trump, North Korea's Kim come together for momentous summit

Clay Curtis
June 14, 2018

Euan Graham, International Security Director at the Lowy Institute, previously told Business Insider that North Korean media "will cut and splice to show Kim in the most favorable light".

"Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!"

Tempering Trump's very upbeat assessment, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, cautioned that the US would resume "war games" with close ally South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith. Lawmakers, analysts and allies have hailed the effort but questioned the substance of what was achieved.

Before a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat. That is because under the deal, the North retains its nuclear warheads, the missiles to launch them and has not agreed to any specific process to get rid of them. "Hope does not equal reality".

"High expectations were met by low results", said Nam Sung-wook, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Korea University. "So is a dangerously naive president".

After successful cooperation at the Olympics, Jae-in sent special envoys to North Korea who later traveled to Washington with Kim's proposal for a summit with Trump.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media said Trump had also agreed to the North's desire for a step-by-step disarmament process with corresponding USA concessions at each step, rather than immediate disarmament as the U.S. had initially sought.

All North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really needed from his unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday was to keep his nuclear arsenal intact for the time being and get a decent handshake photo to show he has truly arrived on the world stage.

"So that's good for a number of reasons, in addition to which we save a tremendous amount of money", Mr Trump said.

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That does make her easier to find in photos - when she's not completely blocked that is... And you thought that lip bite was cute.

All of this from a 34-year-old leader who was widely written off as too young and too inexperienced to last very long when he assumed power after his enigmatic father, Kim Jong Il, died in late 2011.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote.

"So amusing to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN", he wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the United States came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations. 500 days ago they would have "begged" for this deal-looked like war would break out.

"I highly appreciate the fact that President Trump firmly touched upon what I told him recently about the abduction issue which is very important to us, to Japan", Abe said.

Thirteen seconds. That's how long the American and North Korean leaders shook hands at the start of their summit Tuesday.

"I have no idea" whether Trump secured anything of substance, said Corker, the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 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 his media briefing in Singapore on Tuesday, Trump mentioned ending the drills, which he described - in language similar to that used by North Korea - as "provocative", saying it would save the the USA money. It's going to start very quickly.

The lack of a definitive timeframe or verification mechanism for North Korea's nuclear disarmament prompted some former USA diplomats to question the utility of the summit and suggested Trump's tactics could undermine Washington's alliances with Seoul and Japan.

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