Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival

Frederick Owens
June 10, 2018

"And so not only Japan, but South Korea, China - I imagine many nations will want to participate in the North Korean economy if we are successful in Singapore", he said. Before he left Donald Trump said he would know in the first minute if Mr Kim was serious about the talks.

"It's a one time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said in a wide-ranging press conference Saturday.

Speaking just before embarking on his marathon journey to Singapore for the pair's historic summit, Trump bristled with confidence as he boasted that contacts between their respective negotiating teams had been positive.

However, Trump, before leaving to attend the Group of Seven summit in Canada, was asked whether Rodman was invited to Singapore and he said, "No, he wasn't".

The U.S. leader was overall optimistic about the summit with Kim.

"My touch. My feel".

"But It depends on what they're talking about it and it depends on their willingness to take time and work around the periphery and ultimately to get to the really hard cards in the pack; human rights and nuclear weapons".

"I think that hes going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, well see", Trump said in Quebec of Kim.

But the president insisted that the United States team was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.

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"If you go back a year, there really was a great fear Kim Jong Un had developed these missiles and developed that nuclear programme to a point he could effectively fire missiles at the US".

He said: "No, it'll never happen, no".

"I don't want to get too far into the details, but when you think about complete denuclearization, it would certainly be all of their sites, not just those that have been declared", Pompeo said in an interview Friday with YTN, a South Korean TV network. But it's unclear what the US will get out of it. President Trump has said his goal is to get North Korea to agree to a complete denuclearization, and if not, he's prepared to impose harsh sanctions.

One might think the North would engage in at least a little state-directed congratulations before Kim's planned arrival in Singapore on Sunday, according to a schedule reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added.

Trump insisted Saturday that the meeting was not contentious, saying that his relationships with allies remained strong, but continued to say that the USA had been "taken advantage of for decades and decades" on trade.

"But I've said it many times, who knows?"

"Things will start happening within the next 24 hours", Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Beijing, after returning from North Korea.

"You know, in the way they say you know you're going to like somebody, like in the first five seconds?"

Trump expressed frustration that some analysts have said Kim already has bested him simply by getting him to agree to a summit, noting that the regime released three American prisoners last month.

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