Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival


"That's a good question".

But as Trump said that, he was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had traveled from Tokyo to prepare for the North Korea summit. North and South Korean soldiers glare at each other across the line that Kim Jong Un historically stepped across for his recent summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"Even if he tried to couch it in terms of South Korea not paying the bills, which is nonsense, I just think it would make him look weak", Hill said.

"It's a one time shot and I think it's going to work out very well", he said.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold talks starting Tuesday, and possibly extending longer, on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa. "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.

Asked how he would gauge Kim's openness to denuclearization, Trump said that he would know "very quickly whether or not something good is going to happen". "I think Ill also know whether it will happen fast". "But I think it will take a little bit of time". What you want to do is start that ... but at a minimum we will at least have met each other, we will have seen each other, hopefully we will have liked each other ...

Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the U.S.

Other major summits held in Geneva include the 1955 meeting of US, Soviet, British and French leaders, the 1985 summit between US President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and the 1994 meeting between officials from Washington and North Korea that led to the signing of an accord to freeze and dismantle Pyongyang's fledging nuclear weapons programme.

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"Everyone said, you know, the haters, they say, 'Oh, you're giving him a meeting.' Give me a break, OK? And I think we should make that clear". It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before, create peace and great prosperity for his land.

Trump, clearly eager for a summit he can sell as a success, has played into the concerns that he may find himself outmatched at the negotiating table by Kim.

When the topic of a trade war flaring up as a result of hiked tariffs that Trump promised to enforce, he declared that European countries and Canada need the USA more than the country needs them.

"What has been done before hasn't worked", Trump said, accusing "haters" of saying he was gifting Kim the meeting.

Such is the short-term nature of politics, and the cult of personality unique to the Trump presidency. He also indicated that South Korea, China and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.

"Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics", Alan added, referring to their appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

For nearly three decades, successive U.S. presidents, other world leaders and the United Nations have tried in vain to pressure or cajole North Korea into scrapping its nuclear weapons programme.