A successful summit will be great gift for Trump's birthday: Moon

A successful summit will be great gift for Trump's birthday: Moon

Since coming to power, the youngest Kim has overseen the continued development of North Korea's nuclear programme, increasing tensions with South Korea and the United States, especially since Donald Trump became U.S. president at the beginning of 2017.

But he added: "In the end, that doesn't matter". But Trump has notably avoided calling out authoritarian leaders on human rights when he wants closer ties with them, whether it's adversaries like China and Russian Federation or allies like Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. Trump is pushing for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation - considered the gold standard among arms control experts.

The president is preparing to meet with North Korea's leader to discuss the country's nuclear weapons program and how to promote peace on the Korean peninsula.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Kim in Pyongyang last month and invited him to Moscow. But there were scant details on what new commitments had been secured from Kim, even as Trump announced he would end the regular military exercises the U.S. conducts with South Korea.

United States partners in the region, particularly South Korea and Japan, are concerned that Trump's eagerness to struck a diplomatic win might lead to him to give away too much too early, perhaps undermining USA security guarantees to its allies as a way of resassuring Kim of the safety of his regime.

Should Trump agree to ease sanctions, Beijing is likely to be very willing to help North Korea rebuild its economy.

He added: "North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest". The North Koreans have talked about having President Trump to Pyongyang.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.


In extraordinary scenes, Kim smiled as he walked and waved towards the crowd of tourists, families and media as a "woo" went up. At the same time, he'd admitted he didn't believe he required extensive preparation to take stock of Kim. "If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable".

Getting there won't be easy as long as North Korea remains under the weight of United Nations sanctions.

During a quarter-century of on-off negotiations, human rights have played second fiddle for US administrations seeking to ameliorate the threat posed by the North's nukes, and there's a reason. After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. "We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session.

US President Donald Trump and Japan's prime minister during a phone call agreed to closely consult after the summit in Singapore, the White House said in a press release, Sputnik reported.

Experts are sceptical. At best, the meeting will likely provide a road map for future talks, each round of which will require hard and complex negotiations.

The US is also concerned about the proliferation of North Korea's weapons and the infrastructure supporting its nuclear programme, and will want those issues addressed as part of any deal. President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said "it's going to be a process".

In September past year Trump took to Twitter amid an ongoing spat with North Korean policy makers, calling Kim Jong Un a "madman".

That's a massive shift in Kim's public persona, and it might show one of the reasons both Trump and Kim were eager for this meeting to take place: Regardless of what actually happens, global summits can be a pretty big PR boost.

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