Trump Kim summit: Who's pulling the strings?

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The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the United States and South Korea.

When US President Donald Trump meets his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un on Tuesday in Singapore, the eyes of the world will be on them.

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.

Very senior officials from the United States and South Korea have set the tone here, with a huge though indirect assist from Kim Jong Un himself.

"And then along with our partners - China, Japan, South Korea - we can all move forward together and have a fundamental shift in the relationship between North Korea and its region, and frankly, North Korea and the world".

There are clues that something unprecedented is indeed happening - no USA president has met with a North Korea leader, after all.

"I think President Trump signed onto this thinking that he was going to ride in on a white horse to Singapore, accept a bunch of nuclear warheads, and problem solved", Kristof says.

"For people like my father, they could go back to their homeland to their birthplace and revisit the country, so positive things like that will happen".

Asked how long it would take for him to know if Kim was honest about giving up nuclear weapons Mr Trump said: "I think within the first minute I'll know".

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He added: "I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before.Create peace and great prosperity for his land. But I think it will take a little bit of time".

The young leader has been swept to centre stage by two new props: his unprecedented nuclear capability and an unconventional U.S. president. After a gathering marked by both acrimony and banter, The US President left prematurely for Singapore and a possibly more momentous meeting - with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. This is a leader that's really an unknown personality, people don't know much about him.

When he previously appeared at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea with the same Donald Trump lookalike, he was escorted out by security after waving and dancing in front of North Korea┬┤s cheerleaders.

A half-mile away at the Shangri-La Hotel, where the US side will stay, Secret Service agents, in a casual uniform of khaki slacks and dark polo shirts, milled about the lobby.

"I really feel confident".

Kim should be aware of just how good an opportunity he has, Trump cautioned, because it will not last forever.

"My suspicion remains that he is going to try to get as much sanctions relief as possible without having to give up his weapons", said Sen.

In recent weeks, it was unclear if the June 12 summit would take place, after President Trump announced he was canceling the meeting. "I felt as if I was back in time, back in the period immediately after the Second World War when global military tribunals and other investigations were conducted into the Nazi horrors". "The haters, they say, "Oh, you're giving him a meeting" - gimme a break, OK?"

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