Monday, 18 June, 2018

Twitter’s emoji for Trump’s North Korea nuclear summit is very weird

The menu for a working lunch served to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and their delegations during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Trump and Kim make history with a handshake
Preston Stone | 12 June, 2018, 09:27

US President Donald Trump is set to meet tomorrow with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore in one of the stranger diplomatic détentes in post-Cold War history.

As Kim and Trump walked down the colonnade to their meeting with their respective delegations, Kim's interpreter could be heard telling Trump: "Many people in the world will think of this as a (inaudible) form of fantasy ... from a science fiction movie", according to translation from Bloomberg. They both go in firm, but Trump is the first one to pat Kim on the arm. North Korea has nothing like a free press, so it is unclear in exactly what function the North Korean "reporters" were serving.

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between United States and North Korean officials. The AP reported that some journalists were not alerted that the lunch had began until they saw video footage.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

As the site for their meeting, the two leaders have chosen one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels, the Capella Resort on Sentosa Island, a popular vacation spot off the southern tip of Singapore and home to Universal Studios Singapore. A U.S. official says Monday that the leaders will meet for up to two hours before an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers.

Pompeo said the meeting could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.

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Just hours after Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photographs snapped of the reclusive leader. I got so many death threats.

The thaw, however temporary, is a far cry from previous year, when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "Little Rocket Man", and Kim slammed Trump as the "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly....but in the end, that doesn't matter", Trump tweeted before his encounter with Kim.

Still, they said, the initial Trump-Kim summit could at least yield an agreement to keep negotiating.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has played matchmaker in recent months and held his own summit with Kim in April, delayed a weekly Cabinet meeting to watch the historic handshake. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Pompeo is scheduled to immediately fly to Seoul and Beijing after the summit to brief South Korean allies and Chinese officials on the discussions, reflecting the reality than any solutions in the region will need buy-in from those nations.

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