Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump, Abe agree to 'consult closely' after Singapore summit

Trump, Abe agree to 'consult closely' after Singapore summit

Much attention will be on Kim Jong Un at his historic summit Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

Heavy security and armed police are standing guard at summit-related venues across the city state. Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group's traditional closing statement.

With much of the world focused on the historic summit between the two leaders, Trump also made sure to press his case that his administration had been good for the USA economy.

Previous attempts to negotiate with Pyongyang have failed, but earlier this year North Korea demonstrated a new openness to diplomacy and held direct talks with Seoul.

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers", Trump wrote on Twitter from Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Foreign Minister Ri, 61, is a career diplomat who served as the chief North Korean delegate to the six-party nuclear talks.

The elite squad is reminding numerous cheerleaders the North Korean leader sent to the Winter Olympics in February. By contrast, Trump appeared to back off a military footing on Tuesday, declaring the USA will stop the "war games", an apparent reference to joint military exercises with South Korea that North Korea has long rebuked as provocative.

But some question why Kim should trust any guarantees given Trump's history of pulling out of accords - most recently the painstakingly negotiated Iran nuclear deal.

And he made clear that, whatever the role of diplomats and aides in setting up the meeting, it would be the personal exchange between him and Kim that would be decisive.

President Moon played an important role in breaking the ice between Trump and Kim and played his role in paving a way for this historic summit. Trump has said that he would stop using the phrase "maximum pressure" to describe the sanctions, even though he insisted that they would remain in place. North Korea admitted to enriching uranium in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it subsequently withdrew from in 2003.

A formal end to the Korean war may also be discussed. "China will be more than happy to facilitate that strategic transition, but a precondition to doing that is a better North Korea-US relationship".

Mr Trump famously vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US. "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said, telling Cuomo, "it's a great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

He expressed hope that Trump and Kim would be able to make progress. It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Former U.S. National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore late on Monday for the summit, saying he was "excited to be part of it", although there has been no indication he would be involved in any official talks. Now, he's posing for smiling selfies ahead of his meeting with President Donald Trump.

The evening tour may have been an attempt to highlight to Kim the economic benefits that could flow - with USA support - if Kim agrees to give up his nuclear arsenal.

Experts are sceptical. At best, the meeting will likely provide a road map for future talks, each round of which will require hard and complex negotiations. Trump hasn't ruled out taking this kind of incremental approach; he said on Thursday that he didn't think it would be a "one-meeting deal".

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