Isolated Kim Jong Un takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit

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Trump and Kim spent the bulk of 2017 exchanging personal insults and nuclear threats, but agreed to meet earlier this spring following a strong diplomatic push by South Korea ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics. "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 at a press briefing before leaving the G-7 meeting in Quebec.

"The president has talked tough when it comes to North Korea, but more important than any tweet, more important than any comment about the size of the big red button will be the president's willingness to stand strong and secure a strong and enduring deal", Schumer said. But if not, "at least we'll have met each other, we'll have seen each other; hopefully, we'll have liked each other". I mean, I try to eat and eat and eat, but he is just getting too fat too fast.

Agreeing to a troop withdrawal from South Korea would be the worst possible outcome for the summit, said Christopher Hill, a former USA ambassador who ran negotiations with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration. I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing.

"Under eight years of the former President [Barack] Obama - his weak and feckless leadership - Kim Jong Un's actions became progressively more aggressive and more hostile", he said Friday.

The young leader has been swept to centre stage by two new props: his unprecedented nuclear capability and an unconventional USA president.

In two days, Donald Trump will grant North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un a long-held wish: an audience with an American president.

Trump then launched into a rambling monologue in which he appeared to compare meeting the North Korean leader with deciding if he might have a schoolyard crush on someone.

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"I was so impressed and taken aback by the facilities and the treatment that the old age people in the DPRK and Pyongyang".

Getting a legally binding peace treaty is unlikely in Singapore because "you have to disentangle a lot of United Nations security issues, Security Council issues", said Christopher Hill, a former lead USA nuclear negotiator with the North, who also noted that "as a practical matter, China has to be there". "And I think we should make that clear".

The Boeing 747-4J6 that traveled to North Korea is known to be a private jet used by the Chinese government to carry its high-level officials, including President Xi Jinping. While U.S. intelligence officials know little about Kim and his regime, which tightly controls news and information in North Korea, analysts said Kim is sure to be studying Trump's large cache of public statements for clues as to how to negotiate with him.

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional United States president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not. It could also give North Korea the opportunity to demand the withdrawal of USA troops in the South or the halt of regular allied military exercises.

Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, is pursuing a long-sought North Korean demand for a treaty that may be aimed at getting USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

Trump is scheduled to arrive at Singapore's Paya Lebar Airbase at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday and go to the Shangri-La Hotel, according to the White House.

"The people know these are all lies because it's obvious".

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