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US President Donald Trump said his summit with North Korea represented "a one-time" chance to forge peace and that he would know within a minute if his counterpart Kim Jong Un was a serious partner.

Sorry. Those famous Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump impersonators, Howard X and Dennis Alan, were the ones seen bro-ing it up in Singapore on Saturday, ahead of a meeting between the real world leaders. "If there's a peace prize that anybody should get, we should get it", he quipped.

A Chinese private jet that discreetly landed in North Korea has departed Sunday en route to Singapore about an hour after its arrival in the communist state, a flight route-tracking website showed.

Here in the U.S., an enormous amount of domestic pressure is on Trump to strike a deal.

While Trump's allies have called his unpredictability a negotiating strength that keeps his opponents off balance, some White House aides have expressed concern that the president will not heed talking points in his briefing materials.

Pompeo, who will travel on to meetings with officials in South Korea and China after the summit in Singapore, also sought to assuage concerns in those countries that the Trump administration is moving toward the summit without taking into account the views from Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.


It will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting US president.

In the July 26, 1953 photo U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. of the United Nations Command Delegation is seated at a table on the left while North Korean General Nam Il sits at a table on the right.

"North Korea has famously broken its previous pledges", writes Bruce Klingner, an analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank and former Korea specialist at the Central Intelligence Agency.

The leader of the free world is off to make peace in the East but the possibility of a trade war looms in the West.

North Korea's nuclear intentions reach back to the 1950s, but it was during the period of 1980 through 1994 that the isolated nation-state was able to produce its own nuclear fuel and weapons, leaning heavily on soviet, and then Russian assistance. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

That is not to say that arms-length negotiations with the rogue state have not had some success over time in stalling its nuclear ambitions.


The leaders will meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa and talks are expected to centre on ending the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes in return for diplomatic and economic incentives. He believes North Korea is unfairly portrayed in the West. Mr Xi's agenda remains hidden, and muddied by its complicated relationship with both North Korea, and the US. By 2003, North Korea had started its entire nuclear programme again.

In recent weeks, it was unclear if the June 12 summit would take place, after President Trump announced he was canceling the meeting. "It's a standard North Korean media tactic".

In 2011, North Korea threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire" in response to USA joint military exercises.

Kim, the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE), escaped North Korea when he was 19 years old.

President Trump "is willing to do something big, something bold".

But which of them has really directed this piece of political theatre?


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