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Kim Jong Un's private jet departs Pyongyang for Singapore

10 June 2018

President Donald Trump said he will know within the very first minute if his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is going well because of his "touch" and "feel".

'We talked about ending the war, ' Trump said at the White House after his meeting earlier this month with senior North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol.

Trump and his lieutenants - with his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, a notable exception - have jumped on comments like this to frame the summit and used them to bolster their own direct, and extensive, private talks with senior North Koreans. "The regime is employing a wait-and-see approach to the issue, which makes sense from their point of view".

One might think the North would engage in at least a little state-directed congratulations before Kim's planned arrival in Singapore on Sunday, according to a schedule reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Their relationship began after Trump's election with a long period of mutual threats and abuse.

When Mr Trump dramatically pulled out of the summit - angered by North Korea calling his vice-president "stupid" - Mr Kim's nearly comically sized letter played a part in the optics of rapprochement. The president said at a press briefing in Quebec that his relationships with the other highly industrialized nations in the G-7 are all very strong despite disagreements over recent US tariffs.

"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are".

"This is a leader who really is an unknown personality", Trump added of Kim.

Servicepersons of the Ministry of People's Security met on August 10, 2017 to express full support for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) government statement.

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Trump referenced reports that have suggested he is not well prepared for the summit, and fears that the North Korean leader could gain a propaganda win and outfox his opposite number. "We're going in with a very positive spirit". "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside". That would be illegal, under the 2016 law, unless North Korea also agrees to key human rights reforms.

Skeptics, however - and that's usually the default mindset for many Korea watchers - say there are still plenty of ways that diplomacy can implode. Who knows? May not work out. "It wouldn't be good press for Singapore", Lee said. "He has an opportunity, the likes of which if you look in history, few people have ever had". "I would say that would be the minimal and the maximum, I think you know the answer".

He added: "I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before.Create peace and great prosperity for his land".

"And I'll know whether or not will happen fast".

"I don't think either side can let this opportunity to go without some sort of principle agreements coming out of it that will allow for further discussions and hopefully a better position between the two countries".

However, Trump, before leaving to attend the Group of Seven summit in Canada, was asked whether Rodman was invited to Singapore and he said, "No, he wasn't".

"We just got the hostages back and we paid nothing".

Kim Jong Un's private jet departs Pyongyang for Singapore