Kim summit: What's in a name? Signatures show ambition, experts say

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2018

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman got emotional during a CNN interview from Singapore, where Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for a summit on nuclear weapons.

Kim's first point of public contact with Trump came at about 9am as the North Korean leader walked into the meeting room at a slow, measured pace and wearing a fixed grin.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Trump several times said there were things he and Kim talked about, and agreed on, that were not contained in the formal document.

It said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the U.S. would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.

Rocky Kim, who describes the North Korean leader as an intelligent and crafty negotiator, said failing to secure firm pledges was both a mistake and a missed opportunity to seek some transparency on affairs in the country that has long functioned behind a curtain of secrecy.

The measured reactions to the summit from Khanna, Warren and Sanders could not be further from those of Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Trudeau has offered support for Trump's discussions with Kim, but has steadfastly declined to weigh in on the president's fulsome praise of the North Korean leader and the intensifying verbal barbs thrown in his direction.

There was little else mention of denuclearization of North Korea in the statement, which mainly focused on stopping hostilities between North Korea and the United States.

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There's no negotiation", said Myers. "Because it's not about [the record]", Durant said. I want him to be happy and want him to know we want him as long as he wants to be here.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died after being released from a North Korean prison previous year, thanked President Donald Trump for the kind words about their son he gave after his historic summit with North Korea's leader. "If our alliances are getting weaker and we're not going to do military exercises, where is the pressure?"

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said, "We can't lose sight of the fact that there are bad, horrific humanitarian issues in North Korea, human rights abuses".

At one point, it features a montage with babies and vehicle factories, suggesting what a more prosperous future for North Korea could look like if it agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal. "South Korea joint military exercises".

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington tomorrow morning after spending today with Kim in Singapore, but on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8pm today after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated. That included the US decision to halt its drills, although it's unclear which ones and for how long.

How did South Korea react?

"We had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document", Kim said through a translator.

On Monday, KCNA, Rodong Sinmun and state television used the same photographs of Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore and his meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.

"Anybody who thinks we're going to fix 50 years-plus of major challenges here in one meeting is not being realistic".

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