Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Trump forecasts 'nice' outcome from Kim Jong-un summit

Trump forecasts 'nice' outcome from Kim Jong-un summit

President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are in their respective corners on the island of Singapore, stretching their political muscles in preparation for tomorrow's unprecedented summit between the two unorthodox and often bombastic leaders who have swapped insults before and now are angling for a historic peace accord. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction.those measures will increase".

However, Trump and his aides insist that a US-led "maximum pressure" campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table. He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated".

The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on United States plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is in Singapore alongside Trump, tweeted that the U.S. is committed to the 'complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula'.

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Moon also said that the region can not "depend just on the North Korea-U.S. talks" and that South Korea must be included in any possible future negotiations that emerge from Tuesday's summit.

Watching Trudeau's press conference from Air Force One on his way to Singapore, Trump took umbrage at the Canadian leader's voter-tailored message and angrily rejected the communique.

The North Korean leader shook hands with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shortly after arriving at Singapore's Chagi airport.

The Singaporean delegation also surprised the United States leader with a birthday cake.

Trump has returned to his hotel after meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

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More than 2,500 journalists are in Singapore to cover the event. "I would love for this to be the issue where I finally say, 'OK, good for the president.' I've always been of the belief that I don't care how much you don't like somebody, when you're an elected official, when you're a leader of a country, you should talk to everybody".

On Sunday, Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore where he is expected to hold a meeting with US President Donald Trump on June 12.

Concrete barricades have been erected outside St Regis Singapore hotel which is within the zoned security area.

Later, Pompeo shared a picture of Trump speaking with the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

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Trump and others in his government have said advancement has been made on obtaining a commitment from Kim to give up all his nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.

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