"The biggest nightmare for Japan is that Kim declares his intention to relinquish the intercontinental ballistic missiles that he quickly developed past year and Trump simply hails the offer as 'great, ' making no further demands", said Matake Kamiya, a professor of global politics at the National Defense Academy.
"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people", Trump said. Trump wants Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip.
The Japanese prime minister will have been encouraged by Trump's insistence - during a joint Rose Garden press conference - that the summit will be only the start of a process and his vow to raise the issue of Japanese abductees in the North.
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. "That's what I do", the president said.
"We appreciate everything what is going on". But following a visit to the USA from Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean official, Mr. Trump confirmed the summit was back on. "And if I think it won't happen - I'm not going to waste my time. And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time, I'm not going to waste his time". He escaped North Korea at 19 years old.
"I think within the first minute I'll know".
Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance of a photo-op, US officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability.
Korea and placing heavy pressure on China, one of North Korea's biggest allies.
North Korea objects to the notion that it should give up its program up front and quickly with little concessions from the U.S. side, said Frank Aum, senior expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Their appearance comes days before a summit between the real leaders in the city-state. However, the U.S. president noted that G8 format was more meaningful than G7, adding that he would be positive if Russian Federation returns in the bloc.
He said he is planning similar stunts for the goal of political satire in the coming days, this time in tow with Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan. But Lee and the other analysts pointed out that Libya hadn't developed nuclear weapons nor intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and North Korea has both. "And, by the way, we have worked very well with their people", he said.
When asked what he was doing to prepare, the president said he doesn't have to "prepare very much".
Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the U.S.
Singapore was selected as the host site because it has significant experience in staging major global events, including a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and then-Taiwanese President Ying-jeou in 2015, the first such meeting in almost seven decades.
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