Why the Trump-Kim summit matters to these Australians


US President Donald Trump said his summit with North Korea represented "a one-time" chance to forge peace and that he would know within a minute if his counterpart Kim Jong Un was a serious partner.

One might think the North would engage in at least a little state-directed congratulations before Kim's planned arrival in Singapore on Sunday, according to a schedule reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

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.

But after North Korea repeated its eagerness to meet, the summit was back on. "They're really working very well with us".

When Mr Trump dramatically pulled out of the summit - angered by North Korea calling his vice-president "stupid" - Mr Kim's nearly comically sized letter played a part in the optics of rapprochement. "But we'll have to see". In 1962, during Mr. Trump's junior year, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly went to war after the Soviet leader, Nikita S. Khrushchev, shipped missiles to Cuba to be pointed at American territory. "I very much look forward to it", he said.

Eight days after cancelling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility,"Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, now under punitive US sanctions, to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, and patting his arm in a friendly gesture".

The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the U.S. president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy. Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S.

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Donald Trump says he is prepared to be wowed by Kim Jong-un at their "one-shot" talks on Tuesday, but added that he will sense straight away if the meeting is futile and "won't waste Kim's time".

In the July 26, 1953 photo U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. of the United Nations Command Delegation is seated at a table on the left while North Korean General Nam Il sits at a table on the right.

"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 it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the US and South Korea. Trump said. "Well, I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen". A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump may also be on the line. Three years later North and South Korea became sovereign nations, and two years after that, on June 25, 1950, the North sneak-attacked its southern rival, looking to unify the peninsula by force. The newspaper said the vehicles weren't from a local authorized dealer, which suggests the cars were brought in specifically for the summit and may be used by Kim.

If it were a protracted process, Trump would stop enforcing sanctions against Pyongyang, and South Korea and China would return to unconditional subsidization of the Kim regime, Lee said.

North Korea's secrecy would make it hard to end its nuclear program quickly, said Robert Einhorn, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Yet many close observers doubt the once hostile leader's appetite for peace. The Lowy Institute's worldwide security director Euan Graham says Mr Kim has relied on the classic North Korean playbook, swinging predictably from provocation to engagement.