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Ten historic moments in relations between US and North Korea

Ten historic moments in relations between US and North Korea Ten historic moments in relations between US and North Korea
Charlie Simmons | 15 June, 2018, 06:37

With US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un arriving at Singapore on Sunday, the countdown to the historic summit began even as negotiations continued over how to make the historic summit a success.

"We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said.

On the question of sanctions, Secretary of State added that it would remain unless North Korea completely and verifiably denuclearises.

United States presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

The summit - the first ever between a sitting American president and North Korea's leader - was to kick off at 9 a.m., the White House said.

The summit - the first between a sitting United States president and any North Korean Leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Kim spent the day out of view, but was reportedly going on an evening tour of attractions on the city's waterfront, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Balakrishnan said in a interview.

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he says his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Some experts voiced concern that even if there were concessions from North Korea, the USA could be reluctant to return the favor immediately, given growing worries in Washington that Trump will go too easy on North Korea and eventually be taken advantage of.

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During the 7 decades that have passed since the end of the Korean War, there's been no single North Korea-U.S. summit. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase", he said.

The one-on-one session, plus translators, will supplement bigger meetings involving the leaders and their aides about proposals to help North Korea if it agrees to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

"We'll probably need another summit", Trump said during the news conference that lasted more than an hour. "He really wants to do a great job for North Korea", Trump said.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of past year, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Then-South Korean President Syngman Rhee wanted to continue fighting and refused to sign the treaty.

Reaction from USA allies will also be watched closely as Trump continues to alienate traditional American partners through trade tariffs.

The United States delegation at the bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Although summit meetings between potential enemies are generally a positive indicator for war risks, they are largely symbolic and do not necessarily point to a shift in the conflicting motivations and strategic interests of the countries involved.

North Korea blasted Pence's remarks as "ignorant and stupid", sparking the cancellation of the planned Trump-Kim meeting.

Though Trump has previously called Kim "little rocket man" and "short and fat", POTUS has also said that Kim is a "very smart cookie" and "very honorable".

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