Kim talks: How well has Trump prepared for Singapore?

  • Kim talks: How well has Trump prepared for Singapore?

Kim talks: How well has Trump prepared for Singapore?

Singapore has boosted already-tight security ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, particularly at Sentosa Island where the meetings are to be held as well as the central region where its foreign ministry, the United States embassy and global hotels are located.

Donald Trump will know if Kim Jong-un is serious about their summit in Singapore on Tuesday "in the first minute", the U.S. president said on Saturday, speaking to reporters at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada.

Robert Gallucci, who negotiated the 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea, acknowledged that nuclear weapons are the core issue for now but added, "Eventually, for normalization to work, you're going to have to deal with the human rights issue".

After that five-day visit in June 2017, Rodman told reporters: "I'm just trying to open the door". Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, is pursuing a long-sought North Korean demand for a treaty that may be aimed at getting USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

In recent weeks, Trump has courted Kim, saying he does not want to use the phrase "maximum pressure" during the prelude to the summit and that he could even invite the reclusive leader to the White House if things go well.

Some analysts suggest that, rather than lead to a US-North Korea confrontation, a failed summit will result in renewed diplomatic efforts by South Korea - and possibly others - to restore stability and maintain North Korean restraint, so as to avoid the prospect of renewed escalation of military conflict.

Speaking before his departure from the G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "I feel that Kim Jong-un wants to do something great for his people".

"Under eight years of the former President [Barack] Obama - his weak and feckless leadership - Kim Jong Un's actions became progressively more aggressive and more hostile", he said Friday. I'd like to accomplish more than that, but at a minimum we'll have met each other, seen each other.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim, the first such meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, on Tuesday at the luxury Capella Hotel. May not. But I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not in my opinion something positive will happen. It may not, but I think I'll know whether or not something positive will happened. I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see.

The incident came just days before the city-state hosts high stakes talks between United States and North Korea's leaders.

There was no indication Rodman would be involved in any official talks at Tuesday's summit in Singapore.

The US president predicted that he will know "within the first minute" if the Singapore summit, which has been under threat of cancellation, is a success. "Give me a break, okay", Trump said.

Questions remain about what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons would look like.

Later, the U.S. president expanded on this thought.

Trump's remarks came two days after he said he didn't need to do a lot of preparation ahead of the historic summit because the interpersonal relationship between the two leaders would be the more important factor. "And, by the way, we have worked very well with their people", he said. "You don't know. This has not been done before". "You ever hear that one?"

When asked what he was doing to prepare, the president said he doesn't have to "prepare very much".

New York Times op-ed columnist and foreign policy expert Nicholas Kristof says South Korean President Moon Jae-in has brilliantly manipulated both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to get them to the same negotiating table.

Watch Susan Ormiston's interview with Nicholas Kristof about the U.S.