Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump and Kim: Polar opposites seek common ground

Trump and Kim: Polar opposites seek common ground

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds.

The world will be watching to see if US President Donald Trump can broker a deal to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. "He's not kidding when he says this and he will walk away ... and I believe that Kim is smart enough to know that".

Korean Studies Institute director David Kang said: "The most we can hope to get out of this is that Kim and Trump find that they can have some working relationship".

The relationship between the US and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada. The city-state of 5.5 million serves as neutral turf for both sides, since it has security partnerships with the US, a North Korean embassy and strong ties with China. That is, experts suggest Pyongyang may only agree to give up its nukes in exchange for the US terminating its military presence in South Korea and ending its regional nuclear umbrella, a security arrangement in which Washington promises in-kind retaliation on behalf of close allies if they are attacked with nuclear weapons.

Analysts say Kim will check off one of his goals simply by sharing the summit stage with Trump.

However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Asia stocks shook off initial modest losses and edged up on Monday ahead of an historic U.S. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.

Totalitarian North Korea's governing ideology of "Juche", which champions self-sufficiency, has brought little but decades of economic stagnation, widespread poverty and, at times, starvation.

Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore
Image Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

The president has allowed that persuading Kim to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require more than a single sit-down.

Donald Trump has said that if the Singapore parley is a success, he will invite Kim Jong-un to the White House.

North Korean leaders, who have been subject to some of the world's toughest ever sanctions, have long wanted to meet with the US president, in part because of the global legitimacy such a summit would provide. "From what I can tell from (Trump's recent comments at the White House), they're not going to be asked to do much".

"I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.it may not".

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

He has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit.


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