I’ll know ‘within first minute’ if North Korea is serious at summit

Howard X says police stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport

Howard X says police stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport

While President Donald Trump and other USA officials have said they are prepared to walk away from the summit, Pompeo still held out the possibility that some sort of written statement or communique that lays out tangible achievements from the June 12 meeting could emerge.

A worker of a media center for the summit between the U.S and North Korea shows fans featuring the images of U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which provided for journalists in a media kit at the media center in Singapore, June 10, 2018.

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

"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs. South Korean media reported that a Chinese plane went to Pyongyang on Sunday and then to Beijing before heading to Singapore, but a later report said Kim's private plane was on its way to Singapore. "I feel they were trying to intimidate me, but if I got deported it would have been big news".

"You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?" he added. "I think very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen". "I felt as if I was back in time, back in the period immediately after the Second World War when worldwide military tribunals and other investigations were conducted into the Nazi horrors".

Trump also praised the North Koreans, saying they have been "really working very well with us" during preparations for the summit, even though Trump had cancelled the summit last month following a recent period of what he called "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North Korean government.

Kristof says that a diplomat once told him, "the job of leaders at a summit is to pull rabbits out of hats, and the job of the Sherpas preparing for the summit is to stuff the hats with the rabbits - and there isn't really time for that". The top US diplomat declared that "Chairman Kim shares the objectives with the American people" amid talk of a grand bargain that could see North Korean disarmament met with a massive influx of outside aid.

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"We appreciate everything what is going on".

"So far so good", Trump said.

Security is so tight that two South Korean journalists from the national broadcaster KBS have been arrested on suspicion of trespassing in the residence of North Korea's ambassador. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some US news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.

Mr Trump was able to portray North Korea's scramble to convince him to stay in the talks as a victory - but also to redefine the terms of the talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be flying directly to Singapore on an Air China Boeing 747, instead of using his personal Ilyushin-62M jet.

But at least for now, the vitriol and rhetoric traded between the two leaders has ended, nuclear tensions have subsided, and diplomacy will unfold for a few days at least - a positive alternative to North Korea's latent nuclear threats to South Korea, the Pacific, and potentially the west coast of the US.

"The U.S. press is very dishonest", Trump said.

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