Any agreement with North Korea will be 'spur of the moment'

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2018

Trump gave the comments before departing a contentious G7 conference in Canada, during which he confronted top United States allies over trade and drew scrutiny for calling for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of nations - and days before his much-anticipated summit with Kim.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to meet Tuesday in Singapore.

Huge banners were hung from walls claiming Mr Moon is being tricked by Kim Jong Un, who they say will never give up his nuclear weapons.

In recent weeks, it was unclear if the June 12 summit would take place, after President Trump announced he was canceling the meeting.

"That's what you learn at the Wharton School of Finance", said President Trump.

But nothing will be fully settled until China, which sent hundreds of thousands of troops into the North to prevent a quick US victory in 1950, and South Korea also sign off.

How? "Just my touch, my feel, that's what I do", Trump said. "Instead, they expect a "progressive and synchronous" process where both sides make equivalent concessions over a longer, phased timeline". "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside".

But the president insisted that the USA team was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed. "Both the American as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements, we're all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours".

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The North Korean leader wants to achieve what his father and grandfather never could - a meeting with the USA president which would, in his eyes, cement his legitimacy. "And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

This city-state of 5.5 million people bustled with anticipation as workers raced to finish security preparations for an event with little modern-day precedent.

Trump largely stuck to the script during the press conference Saturday, but did veer into his signature attacks on the media after bristling at questions over the brewing tensions between the USA and its allies - including a testy exchange in which he called out a "fake news CNN" reporter.

Reports of Kim's latest on-site inspection came as Pyongyang's media have kept mum on the recent US visit by his right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, for a rare meeting with Trump at the White House. "And I think we should make that clear".

"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.

Kristof says that a diplomat once told him, "the job of leaders at a summit is to pull rabbits out of hats, and the job of the Sherpas preparing for the summit is to stuff the hats with the rabbits - and there isn't really time for that". But the Trump-Kim meeting will surpass them all in the sheer spectacle, a summit of global significance timed to begin squarely during prime time in the United States on Monday evening, a strategic decision by the ratings-conscious president.

Mr Ferguson said he had noticed a rapid increase in the level of interest from Australians about North Korea and that it has coincided with more diplomatic activity. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his guarantee of survival.

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