The Kim-Trump Summit Is Right Around The Corner, Here’s What To Expect

On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be meeting face-to-face for the first time ever. After decades of tensions, the historic meeting is expected to serve as a turning point in the international relationship. And the stakes could not be higher.

Over the past two years, North Korea has bolstered their nuclear program and their missile capabilities with deadly intentions. They threatened to hit Japan, Guam, and even the United States.

Here’s what to expect, per Washington Examiner:

The American president, who has long taken pride in his unpredictability, is scheduled to meet one-on-one with North Korea’s ruthless 30-something leader Kim Jong Un at 9 a.m. Tuesday local time to determine whether the enemy countries can broker a peace deal and place Pyongyang on a viable path toward disarmament.

The two are slated for peace, but at what cost? Trump has quite a pedigree for his ability to negotiate and even penned “The Art of The Deal.” Now he will face, as Washington Examiner describes, his “most consequential test yet”:

“I’ll be on a mission of peace,” Trump said on Saturday, per the report. “We really think that North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time. They’re really working well with us.”

And:

Despite oozing optimism ahead of the summit, Trump has repeatedly warned his North Korean counterpart he will not be taken for a fool. He has described their meeting as “a one-time shot” for Kim to commit to the irreversible dismantlement of his nuclear weapons program, and vowed to “walk away” from the table if he senses at any moment the authoritarian leader is insincere.

Ahead of the meeting, some people were suspicious of the North Korean leader being less than genuine in wishing to negotiate peace. The U.S. President said he would need less than 60 seconds to read Jong-Un’s true intentions and whether or not the two could strike a deal.

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“With the first minute, I’ll know,” Trump told reporters at the G-7 summit. “Just my touch, my feel, that’s what I do. You know the way they say whether you’re going to like somebody in the first five seconds? You ever heard that one,” Trump rhetorically asked. “Well, I think very quickly I will know whether or not something good is going to happen.”

“I also think I will know whether or not it will happen fast,” the president continued. “I may not, but I think I’ll know pretty quickly, in my opinion, something positive will happen. And if I think it will not happen, I am not going to waste my time. And, I am not going to waste his time.”

“It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident,” he said, as Washington Examiner reports.

Associated Press reports what a successful outcome could look like and what details of the negotiation could reflect:

Success in Singapore would see Kim making a bold decision to exchange his nukes for economic support and security assurances, according to Ryan Haas, an Asia expert at the John L. Thornton China Center. Both leaders would offer “clear, specific, unequivocal statements” outlining a dismantlement of North Korean weapons, an inventory and removal of all nuclear fuel and an opening up to U.N. nuclear inspectors.

Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

A group of opposition Democratic lawmakers in the United States said in a statement that if Trump, a Republican, wants approval for a deal that allows an easing of sanctions on North Korea, he needs to get the permanent dismantlement and removal of “every single one of North Korea’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons,” end all military nuclear fuel production and missile and nuclear tests, and persuade Pyongyang to “commit to robust compliance inspections including a verification regime for North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham responded to the Democrat statement in cautioning his colleagues that Trump and the United States will be unable to score a good deal unless North Korea fears a military engagement with the U.S.

As Fox Business reports, Graham said Trump should go into the meeting with the full backing of the Senate to authorize the use of military force to stop a nuclearized North Korea, should the meeting go awry and a deal is not formed.

“I’m asking every Democrat who wrote that letter and all my Republican colleagues to tell North Korea and China that if diplomacy fails, we will have the president’s back, we’ll authorize the use of military force as a last resort to stop the nuclear threat in North Korea to the American homeland and the world-at-large. And if we’re not willing to do that, we’re not going to get a good deal,” Graham said.

 

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