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Trump Kim summit: Who's pulling the strings?

Trump Kim summit: Who's pulling the strings?

Trump gave the comments before departing a contentious G7 conference in Canada, during which he confronted top United States allies over trade and drew scrutiny for calling for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of nations - and days before his much-anticipated summit with Kim.

Because in Singapore, where the US President is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, their impersonators arrived three days earlier to entertain the locals.

That makes him optimistic that the talks between Mr Trump and Mr Kim will produce lasting change.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30.

"That takes a great deal of work, a great big commitment on the part of North Korea as well, and there'll be a parallel set of security assurances that are also big and bold and different", the top USA diplomat said. "But I think it will take a little bit of time". (Jennifer Barr/CBC) North Korea has remained publicly silent, leaving the White House to set the stage and manage expectations about the summit.

Trump frequently has boasted of his negotiating prowess as a real estate developer, and his ability to read people, even though his businesses have declared multiple bankruptcies.

It will be the first time an incumbent US President has ever met the North Korean leader.

He said the police officers who stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport searched his bags and questioned him for about two hours before letting him go.

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Three years of bloodshed ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

The president's remarks come two days after he said he "doesn't need to prepare very much" for the meeting which the USA hopes will lead toward an agreement for North Korea to end its nuclear program. "I think it would be well received and I think [Kim] would look at it very favorably".

"I was really disappointed to see President Trump just dismissed the idea of talking about human rights", says Kristof.

"I will be flying to Singapore for the historical Summit".

"There is a feeling of excitement in this school - many students, parents and teachers are highly anticipating this summit", said Lee. "That's what I do", the president said.

"I went there to make sure that everything was spick and span and in place - no last-minute spoilers or difficulties."
"And it used to be the G8, not the G7", Trump told reporters after the G7 summit in Quebec.

Notably, the law imposes restrictions not just on these North Korean entities, but on any companies, banks or other entities that might want to do business with entities controlled by the North Korean government.

Trump delivered off-script comments as he was leaving a G-7 summit in Canada, a meeting at which he was at odds with US allies on issues such as trade.