Trump Needs a Tough North Korea Deal, But Not Because of Iran

Trump Needs a Tough North Korea Deal, But Not Because of Iran

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

"Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore", Vivian Balakrishnan said on Twitter on Sunday, with a picture of him shaking hands with the North Korean leader who was wearing glasses and a dark Maoist suit. "And if we're not willing to do that, we're not going to get a good deal", Graham said, complementing the global community - including China and Russian Federation - for standing behind Trump in regards to sanctions on North Korea.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Singapore, said Trump has been sending "mixed messages" to Kim ahead of their meeting.

On Sunday, as the worldwide media swarmed Singapore and Kim arrived on a special Air China flight, just hours before Trump, there was still no word. "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", he said.

"Like any middle power, Kim is aiming to be independent of any great power - both China and America - and he is already a fair way towards that goal", Mr.

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between Trump and Kim, Prime Minister Loong revealed. The bodyguards formed a human shield around Kim's black Mercedes limousine at the Demilitarized Zone before it drove into North Korean territory.

Aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting [Kim] and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!"

Still, the odds of North Korea shifting its allegiance toward the United States are not great, Western experts say.

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The initial goal was the "complete denuclearisation" of the North. Summit venues and travel are also being protected by Singaporean police, Reuters reports.

In his first public comments since arriving, Kim said Singapore's role would be recorded in history if the summit was a success.

The US-North Korean summit will mark the first-ever meeting of sitting leaders of the two countries.

Tensions flared between Trump and USA allies over his protectionist economic policies and decisions to exit the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord.

Balakrishnan had visited Washington earlier in the week and met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. Menendez was one of several Democratic senators who signed onto the letter to Trump. The high-anticipated talks had been put at risk, when, on May 24, Trump announced he was canceling the meeting with Kim over Pyongyang's hostile rhetoric.

Kim's personality profile then may well focus into the strategy for the summit, as will Trump's own attitude on the encounter.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities. North Korea saw that as a threat - Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi was ultimately overthrown and killed after doing a deal with the U.S.

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