World leaders will soon see if President Donald Trump’s visit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un will pay off. At stake is whether Kim will end his country's isolation, economic woes and nuclear weapons program.
During their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, Trump and Kim will attempt define and agree on how North Korea’s nuclear weapons program would be dismantled. Trump is seeking a complete, verifiable and “irreversible end" to North Korea's nukes.
Kim, meanwhile wants the U.S. to remove its “nuclear umbrella” that protects allies South Korea and Japan. Kim could ask for a peace treaty to that effect, Bloomberg News reported.
How fast will Trump know?
Trump said Saturday he will know within one minute whether Kim is serious about a de-nuclearization agreement, the report stated. For the first minute Trump and Kim will meet alone with translators. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton will later join them.
The president arrived in Singapore late Sunday (local time). White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump met with staff, looked over reading materials and made other preparations for the summit during his flight.
“I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done,” Trump said several days ago.
The summit will mark the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea.
The White House is using economic sanctions and the threat of possible U.S. military action as leverage. There is a chance of a financial agreement if Kim agrees to Trump’s terms, according to the report.
During a news conference in Charlevoix, Canada, Trump said he remains confident about the meeting.
“I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people,” Trump said at a news conference attended a summit of leaders from the Group of Seven nations. “It’s a one-time shot and I think it’s going to work out very well.”
What is Kim seeking?
Previously, Kim has not been receptive to the idea of giving up his nuclear weapons in exchange for economic aid, the report noted. Kim has also proposed a gradual de-nuclearization plan.
“His public statements and state-run media indicate he wants a deal to ease sanctions, but that he won’t give up his nuclear weapons until he feels safe enough to retain power without them,” the report stated.
Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It marks Kim’s only face-to-face with a third-world leader since his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011. Kim’s Singapore trip also marks the farthest he has traveled since he became North Korea’s leader.
Since Trump took office, he and and Kim have had a rocky relationship. They've traded insults and nuclear war threats on social media and now are attempting to reach a diplomatic agreement.