Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Why the Trump-Kim summit matters to these Australians

Why the Trump-Kim summit matters to these Australians

The main issue for the June 12 summit in Singapore, which he departed for before the end of the G7 meeting, is the U.S. demand for North Korea to abandon a nuclear weapons program that now threatens the United States.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

Members of his delegation are already in the country and have been spotted at the hotel, according to reports.

Singapore has boosted already-tight security ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, particularly at Sentosa Island where the meetings are to be held as well as the central region where its foreign ministry, the U.S. embassy and worldwide hotels are located.

After all, it was clear Kim was eager to meet after Trump called off the Singapore summit on May 24 following some choice barbs from the North, including calling Vice President Pence a "political dummy".

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, in Canada.

Trump and Kim could announce an agreement on a peace treaty, something that was mentioned in a then-landmark 2005 nuclear deal that later fell apart.

During a press conference this week, Trump also suggested that he could invite Kim to the US if the June 12 summit goes well.

"We have to get denuclearization, we have to get something going".

Donald Trump is promising big things can happen to the North Korean economy in return for moving away from its nuclear programme. More importantly, China, which accounts for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, has signalled it will no longer vigorously enforce sanctions against Pyongyang as a reward for Kim's outreach. "There's probably an even better chance that it will take a period of time, it'll be a process", said Trump.

"At a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other", Trump said, adding later that "hopefully, we will have liked each other". "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside". "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

"This is a leader who really is an unknown personality", Trump added of Kim.

Ruled for seven decades by the Kim family, North Korea has been a murderous dictatorship since its inception.

North Korea objects to the notion that it should give up its program up front and quickly with little concessions from the U.S. side, said Frank Aum, senior expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

"I am not overly surprised, to be honest, that they aren't talking about Trump, given that they have spent the a year ago and a half trashing him on a daily basis", said Ward.

"Now it seems to devolve to something more like a get acquainted meeting, which is something that North Korea has wanted to do for decades".

Pulitzer-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof sat down with The National to talk about the looming U.S. "It has to know that its people can eat and that they can have the wealth that the North Korean people so richly deserve", he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.

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