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

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

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

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he has "a clear objective" for his upcoming nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, though he acknowledged that potential progress "will always be spur of the moment".

Trump departed for Singapore on Saturday after attending the G7 summit in Canada. It will certainly be an exciting day and 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.

As he set out for their historic summit in Singapore the United States president said he was going on a "mission of peace" but would not "waste my time" if he thought Kim was insincere.

A Hong Kong-based entertainer who impersonates the North Korean leader said he was detained at Changi Airport after returning to Singapore ahead of the historic summit planned for Tuesday.

Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators have an "almost 99% resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".

Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will rely heavily on his own instincts. I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast. May not. But I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not in my opinion something positive will happen. "I don't want to waste his time". This is a leader that's really an unknown personality, people don't know much about him. "People don't know much about him".

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.

"Thus, like his predecessors, Trump will be played by Pyongyang, as Kim demurs, defies, and blatantly violates the terms of the agreement and continues to march down his nuclear path". Tensions flared between Trump and US allies over his protectionist economic policies and decisions to exit the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate accord. He cited Trudeau's comments as a reason to withdraw from the G-7's official statement, underscoring the unpredictable nature of negotiations with the American president. Trump in recent days has tamped down his threats of continued "maximum pressure" on Kim over his arsenal, and indicated any verifiable denuclearization push could take time.

"We just got three hostages back", Trump said.

"I really feel confident".

"So far, so good". I'd like to accomplish more than that, but at a minimum we'll have met each other, seen each other. "I wouldn't be surprised either if they come away with a big gesture of sorts to kick-start the process", she said. In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.

When the topic of a trade war flaring up as a result of hiked tariffs that Trump promised to enforce, he declared that European countries and Canada need the US more than the country needs them. Kim is seeking security guarantees and relief from economic sanctions.

Haas offers a useful warning, though, as people around the world settle in to watch the show in Singapore: "Virtually no North Korea analyst inside or outside of the US government" expects Kim to actually give up his nukes. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some USA news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.

Sending a delegation to the Olympic Games helped to improve North Korea's image.