Kim Jong Un's Elite North Korean Bodyguard Squad Turns Heads at Summit

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | AP

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | AP

"President Trump will react to holding the first-ever summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, the outcome of the meeting, and future relations between the USA and North Korea", Fox News said in announcing the interview.

But he added: "In the end, that doesn't matter".

"Any denuclearization must fully reject nuclear weapons and use existing global frameworks to ensure long-term success that would withstand any future changes".

Reports describing hard pre-summit negotiations at the working level about the contents of a joint communique-even on the most basic question, like what the term "denuclearization" actually means-offer evidence that the result of the Trump-Kim meeting will be modest. He said that Trump "fully understands" the need to bring home the abductees, adding that Trump "is one of the leaders who understands the issue the most". At worst, the Trump administration should prepare to deter a nuclear-armed North Korea for as long-if not longer-as Washington deterred a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.

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But despite the apprehension over Mr Trump and Mr Kim's one-on-one talks, presidents have long met privately with foreign leaders - including enemies - with only interpreters on hand as witnesses. And under a 2016 USA law, relief from US sanctions that target the North Korean government would require progress on human rights, he said. For example, USA officials quickly identified a missile launched by Iran in January 2017 as the Hwasong-10, a localized version of the North Korean Musudan.

At best, we can hope for a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim that spells out in general terms what both men are hoping to accomplish and how they intend to accomplish it, along with perhaps a grand gesture, like a promise to open a USA embassy-or a McDonald's-in Pyongyang.

Iizuka's younger sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted by North Korea when she was 22 years old. Doing so would allow Trump to say that he had kept his promise to protect the USA, but it would come at a cost to Japan, which is in range of North Korea's short- and medium-range missiles and has long relied on the United States as a bulwark against China.

But a trade representative from Pyongyang issued an order on June 9 that there should be no attempts to smuggle goods between China and North Korea and that officials had to report traders' locations every hour during this period, the source said. For his part, Trump has pledged to raise the issue with Kim.

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Kim was cheered by onlookers who caught sight of the dictator, who until earlier this spring was not believed to have ever left North Korea as supreme leader.

Trump said, "It's my honor - we will have a terrific relationship, no doubt".

Mr Trump famously vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US.

The unfolding summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

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The US wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified by the worldwide community. Trump mostly remained inside his Shangri-la hotel on the day before the summit, emerging only to meet with his Singaporean counterpart at the presidential palace. In exchange, Trump agreed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea. In that first meeting they'll be joined only by translators, a break from standard practice of having at least one aide present for high-stakes huddles.

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