Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Trump: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Has a ‘One-Time Shot’

President Trump: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Has a ‘One-Time Shot’

It is hard to credibly suggest progress on weapons proliferation can be durable or verifiable if North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

President Trump has spent the past week tamping down expectations, calling it a "get acquainted meeting, plus", and saying "it's a process". Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, is pursuing a long-sought North Korean demand for a treaty that may be aimed at getting U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. "He recognizes the current model doesn't work, but that the [solution] has to be big and bold".

With a US president facing the prospect of his party being trounced in midterm elections and a North Korean leader eager for a coming out party on the global stage, what can Japan expect from Tuesday's historic summit? "So, I think that could happen".

"But it's an terrible lot better than firing missiles at each other".

In the event of a Trump-Kim summit failure, the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of US-North Korea confrontation. He escaped North Korea at 19 years old. "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside".

Tuesday will mark the first time a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader meet, though it's unclear what a nuclear deal with the isolated country will look like.

"If it's hard for the USA ... to continue pushing 'maximum pressure, ' " Kotani said of Trump's campaign of sanctions and diplomacy meant to bring the North to the negotiating table, "then Japan should continue to verify the commitment of the worldwide community on behalf of Washington".

He adds, "Moon Jae-in is a very good Trump handler and he understands the importance of flattery".

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Among the possibles: a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War. But if not, "at least we'll have met each other, we'll have seen each other; hopefully, we'll have liked each other".

That changed in one stroke at end of April when North Korea's Kim announced that the isolated country would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and pursue economic growth and peace, said T.C. Koh, group managing director of the company.

However, he says the summit could be looked at as a step in the right direction even if it lacks concrete commitments.

My own view is that the priority for now should be the nuclear weapons issue and that we shouldn't make improvements in human rights a condition of those talks for fear of causing them to collapse.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan wrapped up a visit to Washington and Pyongyang on Saturday and told reporters in Beijing both sides expressed thanks for Singapore's work to prepare for the summit on a short notice.

"It's unknown territory in the truest sense but I really feel confident", Trump said as he prepared to leave the ongoing G7 summit in Canada early and head to Asia.

The minimum he hoped to achieve, Trump said, would be a "relationship, you start a dialogue, because as a deal person I've done very well with deals".

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