Saturday 18 August 2018

Kim summit a 'one-time shot' for peace

Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters
Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photo: Reuters

President Donald Trump said yesterday that he has "a clear objective" for his upcoming nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, though he acknowledged that potential progress "will always be spur of the moment".

He described the meeting set for Tuesday in Singapore as a "one-time shot" for Kim and characterised it as a "mission of peace". Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he will know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations.

"I'll know pretty quickly whether something positive will happen. And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time. I don't want to waste his time," Trump said. The meeting will be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

He cited the unprecedented nature of the meeting and said he was convinced that Kim is serious about doing good things for his country.

"He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great, so it's a one-time, it's a one-time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well," Trump said.

He hopes to persuade Kim to abandon the arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles North Korea has spent generations amassing.

Trump has promised to provide "protections" for Kim and his government in return for giving up the nuclear program. He also indicated that South Korea, China and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its economy.

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