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Don’t expect too much from Kim-Trump meeting - Dennis Rodman

Don’t expect too much from Kim-Trump meeting - Dennis Rodman Don’t expect too much from Kim-Trump meeting - Dennis Rodman
Jean Garcia | 12 June, 2018, 15:45

Speaking through his translator, Mr Kim said it was "not easy" to get here.

Members of the USA delegation, including U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, and John Bolton, national security adviser, left, and North Korean advisers watch a television screen showing the meeting. Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Kim whether he would reach a deal.

"People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very unsafe problem for the world", Trump said.

Responding to a query whether he would invite Kim to the White House, the US President said: "Absolutely, I will".

"The worry we have is the president will be so eager for quote "an agreement" that it won't protect the security, first and foremost, of the United States", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told NPR on Tuesday.

There will not be a repeat of "flimsy agreements" made between previous US administrations and North Korea, Secretary Pompeo told reporters in Singapore on Monday. "Probably, all the attention of our people is on Singapore".

"I, too, could hardly sleep last night", he added. He added that he suspected he "somewhat had something to do with this North Korean situation".

The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high.

Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.

"I'm given what I'm given", Trump said.

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Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between USA leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as "haters & losers".

The key will be whether the two leaders can narrow their differences over the definition of denuclearization.

"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

Kim was accompanied at the meeting by vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Yong Chol, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the WPK Ri Su Yong, and Colonel General No Kwang Chol - one of the three promoted in a recent North Korean military shakeup.

Henrick Tsjeng, Associate Research Fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) told The ASEAN Post that he expects a "modestly successful summit".

Both North Korea and the USA have nonetheless sought to set expectations high.

Kim, believed to be 34, is the third leader in a family dynasty that has ruled the communist state since it was founded in 1948.

The Korean flavour is evident from the spiciness, she said.

The eccentric former reality TV star is one of the few westerners to have spent time with Kim during multiple visits to Pyongyang and the two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball.

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