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'All systems go' for Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un's summit

'One-time shot' for peace with North Korea: Trump 'All systems go' for Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un's summit
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2018, 04:39

Trumps remarks came after an uncomfortable overnight visit to the G7 where he and the other world leaders struggled to bridge their differences on trade and other matters.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to meet Tuesday in Singapore.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know", Trump said, prompting a reporter to question how he would know. "It's a one-time shot", he said at a press conference, adding that the North Koreans had been working "very well with us" in the build-up to Tuesday's summit.

The upcoming meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, the White House confirmed.

He said he is planning similar stunts for the objective of political satire in the coming days, this time in tow with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan.

"My touch. My feel".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tweets condolences after United States soldier killed in Somalia Trump floats scrapping all tariffs, barriers at G-7 summit: report Dem rips Trump's call to include Russian Federation in G7: What does Putin have on him? The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some USA news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia. "We're going in with a very positive spirit".

"As far as the "economic aid" advertised by the U.S.is concerned, the DPRK has never expected it", the article said, using the initials for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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However, Watanabe of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation said it's time for Japan to reach out to North Korea on its own instead of counting on the mercurial Trump to mediate an Abe-Kim summit. "And, by the way, we have worked very well with their people", he said. "The regime is employing a wait-and-see approach to the issue, which makes sense from their point of view".

When Trump was asked by a reporter Saturday if he is concerned that he is giving Kim a "win" on the world stage just by having the meeting, the president said he's not concerned because "we haven't done anything" yet.

Specifically, the law mandates the president to place on the Treasury Department's "Specially Designated Nationals" list any person who "knowingly engages in, is responsible for, or facilitates serious human rights abuses by the Government of North Korea", or "knowingly engages in, is responsible for, or facilitates censorship by the Government of North Korea", among other criteria.

"You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?" he added.

Of course many hope that Donald Trump can make a difference when he meets Kim Jong Un.

Some analysts suggest that, rather than lead to a US-North Korea confrontation, a failed summit will result in renewed diplomatic efforts by South Korea - and possibly others - to restore stability and maintain North Korean restraint, so as to avoid the prospect of renewed escalation of military conflict.

On Saturday, though, an ever-earnest Vice President Mike Pence told the religious right crowd that indeed, Trump had been making preparations since his Playboy photo shoot days and in everything else he did leading up to the historic summit.

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