Singapore Summit Ends With . . . Nothing

12 June, 2018, 15:46 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • A vehicle believed to be carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un travels past in Singapore

"Really very positive. I think better than anybody could imagine".

Nor was there any reference to finally signing a peace treaty.

Trump and Kim have a long day ahead of them.

It follows a day of historic talks at Singapore's Capella Hotel, on Sentosa Island - the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader. It will be tremendously successful. "We will have a terrific relationship".

Footage shows the camera panning over to Kim, who receives a translation of Trump's comments - and remains completely expressionless. I thought I was going to play basketball and meet the people and that was it.

The video portrayed North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons and being able to adopt Western-style markets, transportation systems and joining South Korea in the modern era. Dozens of cameras snapped photos as the two men first came together in front of a background of US and North Korean flags. Kim is due to depart Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, a source told Reuters. He gave no answer.

"We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit", Kim added, "and I believe that this is good for the peace".

-China Relations. "They are something that shows USA resolve in the region, not only to North Korea but also more importantly to China".


Reporter: "The man you met today, Kim Jong-un, has killed family members, has starved his own people, is responsible for the death of Otto Warmbier".

He said flying bomber aircraft from Guam for the exercises meant a six-and-a-half hours journey that was an expense the U.S. could do without. According to some reports, Kim has been sidestepping the issue of the North giving up its nuclear programme whenever he has been asked by the US.

He said this was again a "subtle gesture" from Trump to gain sympathy, with gentle touches to the North Korean's shoulder and back.

After shaking hands again with Kim in front of the cameras, Trump gave a thumbs-up before starting the first meeting between an incumbent USA president and a DPRK leader.

Only hours before the White House announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War. He suggested, however, that more talks will be needed.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un kickstarted their landmark summit with an exchange of cordial greetings and a firm handshake.

"It's pretty stunning", said Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea specialist who is a lecturer at Troy University. "I mean, what world is that we're living in?"

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported on Monday that Mr Kim, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, had left the country on a "Chinese plane for his personal use", a disclosure that analysts say is uncommon because of the country's ideology of self-reliance.

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