Trump predicts AWESOME future for N Korea if Kim gives up nukes

Saul Bowman
March 1, 2019

They met last June in Singapore.

One desired outcome for the USA president is a Nobel Peace Prize, for which he says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already nominated him.

That different negotiating approach has raised concern that Trump, anxious for a deal, will give away too much to North Korea, which has a history of backing out of agreements. The meeting will last into the afternoon, and the leaders of the two countries will sign trade agreements.

"A lot of things are going to be solved I hope", Trump said as dinner began.

Reports said Kim succumbed just once, quietly slipping out of the crowded banquet hall in the evening to smoke in a separate room.

"There have been efforts, whether out of hostility or not, to block the path that we intend to take", he said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. What, in Trump's eyes, would Kim have to offer to get the ease some of the harsh economic sanctions hobbling North Korea's aspirations for economic growth?

The group of 12 men, all of them wearing black suits, striped ties and personalized badges pinned to their lapels, flanked Kim's limousine as he left his hotel for the North Korean embassy in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Also pictured at right are US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

But the president has been dogged by scandal at home, where his former lawyer Michael Cohen described him as a "conman" in nationally televised testimony to Congress starting shortly after Trump finished Wednesday's negotiations on the other side of the world. However, no concrete steps have been reportedly made in this direction by either party.

"Due to the sensitive nature of the meetings we have limited the pool for the dinner to a smaller group", she said in a statement. Crowds three or four deep lined the streets and jockeyed to capture his procession with their mobile phones.

Trump said late previous year he and Kim "fell in love", but whether the bonhomie can move them beyond summit pageantry to substantive progress on eliminating Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States is the question that will dominate the talks.

Even before the crucial summit takes place, Kim's visit to Vietnam has an added layer of significance.

"I think that your country has tremendous economic potential - unbelievable, unlimited", Trump said.

"Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi".

Details about the summit have been thin, but White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters on Air Force One the two leaders and close advisers would dine together on Wednesday.

Despite little progress toward his stated goal of ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons since first meeting Kim in Singapore previous year, Trump has said he is fully committed to his personal diplomacy with Kim. The facts did not support that claim.

In the run-up to the summit, Trump has indicated a more flexible stance, saying he was in no rush to secure North Korea's denuclearisation.

Trump and Kim's Singapore summit, the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, ended with great fanfare but little substance over how to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

To lure Kim into radical change, Trump is believed to be considering offering a formal peace declaration - though perhaps not a formal treaty - to draw a line under the technically still unfinished war. "North Korea views it as a phased, simultaneous approach. but the USA said denuclearisation must be front-loaded to build trust", he said at a forum in Hanoi yesterday.

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