The summit has officially begun, with Trump and Kim shaking hands and posing for photographs.
The two leaders are at the site, with Kim arriving at 8:55 p.m., and Trump showing up five minutes later.
“There were moments when we have been covering our eyes and ears, however we were able to go overcome everything, and arrived here.”
Trump, next to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un: “It’s my honor and we will have a terrific relationship.” Kim speaks through an interpreter, saying the two leaders have overcome obstacles “and we are here today”.
That’s true, Trump says.
“No matter what happens today, it’s a win for Kim Jong Un,” said Michael Auslin, a fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Compared to that, there are huge risks for Donald Trump.”
Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday, has struck a confident tone. “Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!” he tweeted after landing. On Monday, he had lunch with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, where he was given an early birthday cake.
In a preview on Monday in Singapore, Pompeo said that America was also ready to offer Kim “different” and “unique” security assurances if he ended his nuclear program. Analysts generally agree that Kim’s top priority is ensuring the survival of his government, which he inherited from his father and grandfather and which rules ruthlessly over a population of 25 million.
What Donald Trump is doing with North Korea is in fact “bolder” than what Barack Obama did with Iran, he argued. Delury disagreed with Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the nuclear agreement with Iran, and acknowledged that America’s relations with Iran are even more toxic than its relations with North Korea because Washington and Tehran are on opposing sides of conflicts across the Middle East.
Still, he maintained that Obama’s “complicated, technical” deal may have been “too focused” on constraining Iran’s nuclear capabilities. “It wasn’t a deep political settlement,” he explained, whereas hat I see Trump working on with Kim Jong Un is … a fundamental transformation of the relationship.”