President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as a "one-time shot" for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations, saying he would know within moments if Kim is serious about the talks.
The leaders meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa and talks are expected to centre on ending the North's nuclear weapons and missiles programmes in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.
Trump has said that he hopes his summit with Kim Jong-un will result in a peace treaty ending the decades-long Korean War.
But after North Korea repeated its eagerness to meet, the summit was back on.
"I'm very clear that we made a big difference in their lives". Trump withdrew from it last month. "We're going to have to see what happens". In 1962, during Mr. Trump's junior year, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly went to war after the Soviet leader, Nikita S. Khrushchev, shipped missiles to Cuba to be pointed at American territory. "As President Trump said this week, he approaches the summit with confidence. They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.
He added that the North Korean government was "working very well" with the US and said: "so far so good".
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The talks were focussed on getting China to move ahead with its recent promises to increase energy and farm imports from the U.S. White House advisers, meanwhile, insisted on fundamental changes in ties between the world's two biggest economic powers.
"We're going in with a very positive spirit, I think very well prepared".
Complete North Korean denuclearization will likely take much more than a single summit, but Trump may see a peace deal as a quick, fairly painless path to a Nobel Peace Prize.
But because the realization of a US-North Korea meeting has been so unexpected, unprecedented, and personalized, it will provide a unique opportunity for both sides to test their assumptions about the intentions and motivations of the other. Seeing Nobel Peace Prize laurels and eyeing potential to show up his critics at home and overseas, Trump is granting Kim the worldwide legitimacy he's long sought in hopes of securing a legacy-defining accord.
"There are limitations to the ability to change North Korean hearts and minds through exposure to outsiders, due to the regime's overwhelming coercion, control, surveillance and punishment", said Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Washington, DC-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Trump said. "Well, I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen".
Agreeing to a troop withdrawal from South Korea would be the worst possible outcome for the summit, said Christopher Hill, a former USA ambassador who ran negotiations with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration.
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.
Getting a legally binding peace treaty is unlikely in Singapore because "you have to disentangle a lot of United Nations security issues, Security Council issues", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with the North, who also noted that "as a practical matter, China has to be there".