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Weekend Reads Trump the 'great dealmaker' lets Kim Jong-un walk away with the spoils in Singapore

20:46  12 june  2018
20:46  12 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Melania Trump won't travel to G7, Singapore summits

  Melania Trump won't travel to G7, Singapore summits Melania Trump won't travel to G7, Singapore summitsFirst lady Melania Trump will not travel with President Trump to the G7 Summit later this week or the meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

News. Hong Kong-based impersonator Howard X, who looks so much like North Korean President Kim Jong Un appeared on stage with Trump He said the police officers who stopped him at Singapore ’s Changi Airport searched his bags and questioned him for about two hours before letting him go.

By Douglas V. Gibbs Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host. The long-awaited meeting between President Donald J. Trump , the great negotiator, and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un , is tonight (tomorrow morning, Singapore time).

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

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The leader of the world's most repressive regime — who reportedly delights in ordering his political enemies in North Korea blown to smithereens with anti-aircraft guns or ripped apart by starving dogs — stepped out of his limousine on Singapore's Sentosa Island Tuesday morning to receive the priceless gift of a face-to-face meeting with the putative leader of the free world.

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Reuters. "There are two extremely unlikely outcomes" for the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un , said Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert at MIT. The first unlikely outcome, Narang told Business Insider, is that " Trump walks away with Kim 's nuclear weapons

Trump arrives in Singapore for summit with Kim Jong - un that the U.S. president says he’s been preparing for ‘all my life’ and believes will be a ‘ great success’.

At that moment, Kim Jong-un notched the diplomatic coup that had eluded him, his father and his grandfather for decades: In front of the world, the despot was treated as an equal by the president of the United States.

That had been expected. Donald Trump's hasty agreement in March to meet with Kim before negotiating what they'd even talk about seemed to guarantee that the ceremony of the occasion would supersede its substance. So the ceremony had to be good — and it was.

But no one expected that Trump would or should give Kim more than that. Even when Trump dialed down expectations for the meeting, saying he'd set it up as a "meet and greet plus," the "plus" could still have been as little as a promise to continue moving the relationship forward, and signaling the intention to meet again.

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An Australian comedian best known for impersonating Kim Jong Un claims he has been told to stay away from the highly anticipated summit between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump . The man - who goes only by the name of Howard X

Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong - un on June 12. Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good," before he was whisked away to his hotel, driving along a route lined with police and photo-snapping

Instead, Trump made significant concessions to Kim. He promised to end joint military exercises with South Korea, which have been an irritant to North Korea for decades, and Trump even speculated about pulling all U.S. troops from the peninsula. "I want to get our soldiers out," Trump said. Point for Kim.

a man standing in front of a building: In Singapore on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un achieved something his predecessors never did. Namely, being treated as an equal by the U.S. president. © Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images In Singapore on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un achieved something his predecessors never did. Namely, being treated as an equal by the U.S. president.

Making the first move

Trump called the military exercises "war games." By ending them, he said, "we will be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus I think it's very provocative."

Calling the exercises "provocative" endorses the North Korean view of them at the expense of the traditional South Korean-U.S. view, which is that they are normal and necessary for the readiness of their defenses. Another point for Kim.

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US President Donald Trump shook the hand of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when the two met Tuesday morning local time, an He added he would know within minutes whether Kim was serious about negotiating away his nuclear weapons and has threatened to politely walk out if Kim doesn't

Trump walks away from the table. Trump has threatened to walk away from the table if things do not go his way and has even said that he will be able to sense Kim Jong - un ’s attitude towards the meeting after one minute of being in the room with him.

Most important is that Trump got nothing in return for that concession. He flipped what was thought to be the U.S. strategy — the hard line that the U.S. would refuse even an "action-for-action" negotiation — and instead made the first move.

South Korea had thought that "action-for-action" was a good strategy, that it would build trust through reciprocal concessions. But it clearly did not anticipate that the U.S. would go all the way to a unilateral concession.

a group of people sitting at a table with a cake: During their encounter, Trump referred to Kim as 'talented' and a 'great personality.' © Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/Getty Images During their encounter, Trump referred to Kim as 'talented' and a 'great personality.'

President Moon Jae-in's statement after Trump's announcement — that South Korea needed "to figure out" the president's intentions — strongly suggests he wasn't even consulted about what would happen. A point for Kim, as well as for others in the region, notably China, who will be happy to see some daylight in relations between the U.S. and South Korea.

Kim also scored a series of reputational points. During his news conference, Trump described the dictator as "talented," "tough," a "great personality" and a "worthy negotiator."

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un meets with Singapore ’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore June 10, 2018. (RELATED: Trump Agrees To Meet North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un ). “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people,” the president said

US President Donald Trump shook the hand of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday morning local time, an extraordinary display of diplomacy that Earlier, Trump patted Kim on the back and placed his hand on the North Korean's shoulder as they walked into their meeting. "I feel really great .

It was probably not the time for Trump to say that Kim is actually a macabre and murderous thug who terrorizes his own family, not to mention the people of his country. But still, "tough"? That's a word Trump considers the highest praise.

Trump also got carried away imagining the brighter future he and Kim could build for North Korea. As usual, Trump saw it in real estate developer terms, and spoke of the hotels that might soon sprout across the skyline of the hermit kingdom once it broke into the sunlight. He stopped short of imagining them as Trump-branded hotels, but it still sounded uncomfortably like a Saturday Night Live sketch.

Of course, Trump played all of it as a step toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea, because Kim had "reaffirmed" his commitment to that goal. But the word "reaffirmed" actually confirmed that Kim had offered nothing new on Sentosa Island — certainly nothing that he or his predecessors hadn't said to the world before.

From 'Little Rocket Man' to 'worthy negotiator'

Which is not to say that this time can't be different.

Applying diplomacy to North Korea, like waking up in the morning, is better than the alternative. And when we remember how adolescent the Kim-Trump relationship seemed just a few months ago — with its "Little Rocket Man" and "dotard" insults, as well as the schoolyard taunts about who has the bigger nuclear button — the world is on a better track now than it was.

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US President Donald Trump shook the hand of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when the two met Tuesday morning local time, an He added he would know within minutes whether Kim was serious about negotiating away his nuclear weapons and has threatened to politely walk out if Kim doesn't

Trump prepared to walk away from North Korea talks without deal. READ MORE: How Singapore is preparing to host a historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un .

Trump's conduct in the world is still worrisomely puzzling, though. In the space of a few days, he went from spurning America's most dependable allies at the G-7 (in an example of what one aide reportedly described as his "We're America, bitch!" doctrine) to awarding his best behaviour to a tyrant who's devoted his adult life to developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the White House.

Numerous veterans of the State Department have fled rather than abet a foreign policy they consider amateurish. But on North Korea, none of those former diplomats can boast a record of success.

It's possible that the world will look back on this meeting as the start of something meaningful in the rehabilitation of a dangerous rogue state. The concession to end "war games" is something that, as South Korea says, still needs to be figured out. But whatever it turns out to be, it won't be irreversible if things don't progress.

Before handing out Nobel prizes, though, it's important to see what happened in the way that Kim likely sees it. He's just enjoyed the most unimaginable success on the international stage in the history of his country. It was made possible by the fact of his nuclear weapons, so their value to him has proved itself. Does that really sound like the precondition that would persuade him to give up those weapons in the foreseeable future?

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