Will Meet North Korea on 'Mission of Peace'

Will Meet North Korea on 'Mission of Peace'

Trump insisted Saturday that the meeting was not contentious, saying that his relationships with allies remained strong, but continued to say that the USA had been "taken advantage of for decades and decades" on trade.

"That's a good question". And he memorably took the South Korean president by the hand, when they met at the border of their two countries, physically leading him back over into North.

Asked how long it would take for him to know if Kim was honest about giving up nuclear weapons Mr Trump said: "I think within the first minute I'll know".

"I was really disappointed to see President Trump just dismissed the idea of talking about human rights", says Kristof. "I think we can presume that North Korea made more demands to Singapore than the United States did in terms of security".

Trump hopes to persuade Kim to completely abandon the arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that the North Koreans have spent more than a generation amassing.

"You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?" he added. I think very quickly I'll know if something good is going to happen.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

On the North Korea summit: "I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really - in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world".

The 65-year-old wants reunification to be his legacy and was elected in part on the promise of taking South Korea in that direction.

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Tuesday will mark the first time a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader meet, though it's unclear what a nuclear deal with the isolated country will look like.

"Everyone said, you know, the haters, they say, 'Oh, you're giving him a meeting.' Give me a break, OK?"

Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.

"I'd like to accomplish more than that", Trump said.

The Southeast Asian financial hub has been bracing for the arrival of Trump and Kim - and thousands of reporters - next week, and has announced flight restrictions and police checkpoints around key meeting spots.

President Trump "is willing to do something big, something bold".

Given North Korea's long history of broken nuclear promises, the former is more likely than the latter.

Trump has said he believes Kim would agree to denuclearization - and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he had received Kim's personal assurances to that effect - but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that would entail. Entrepreneurs have been scrambling to cash in on the worldwide media spectacle, hawking Trump-Kim fusion burgers and summit-themed cocktails.

"I'll speak very frankly, I think Australia needs to press its own diplomatic stance on this issue, rather than align itself with the United States".

The one thing that North Koreans can't know, according to Kim, is the actual disparity between the country and other nations like the US, South Korea, or China.

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