Possibility of peace treaty at Trump-Kim summit offers hopes - and fears

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I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see.

Trump's comments, made shortly before his departure for Singapore, underline his recent efforts to curb expectations for the summit, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Trump further noted that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a "mission of peace".

"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs.

"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any United States president who wanted to do it and the point is no U.S. president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead USA nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said. "But I can not imagine they'll reach a peace treaty" in Singapore, Hill said.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know", Trump said, when asked about negotiations over the USA demand for the complete surrender by Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons. "I feel they were trying to intimidate me, but if I got deported it would have been big news". You know, the way they say you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds, you ever hear that one? "My touch, my feel - that's what I do", Trump said during a news conference in Quebec as he prepared to depart the Group of Seven summit en route to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet Kim on Tuesday. "I think the G-8 would be better".

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Trump also praised the North Koreans, saying they have been "really working very well with us" during preparations for the summit, even though Trump had cancelled the summit last month following a recent period of what he called "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North Korean government.

The short answer might be that, despite his safety worries, Kim could end up getting much more out of this summit than he will have to give up. But nothing will be fully settled until China, which sent hundreds of thousands of troops into the North to prevent a quick USA victory in 1950, and South Korea also sign off. "We're going in with a very positive spirit".

Kim Jong Un's motivation for a treaty may be, in part, linked to eventually getting USA troops - 28,500 of them - out of the southern part of the peninsula; many believe that the North sees this as the first step in paving the way for a single Korea ruled by Pyongyang.

The Trump-Kim summit arises amid events not unfamiliar to world history.

"He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great", Trump said. In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.

"That's what you learn at the Wharton School of Finance", said President Trump. However, the U.S. president noted that G8 format was more meaningful than G7, adding that he would be positive if Russian Federation returns in the bloc. Kim's detailed command of the issues central to his country's nuclear conflict has impressed USA officials who have interacted with him since Trump's diplomacy with the North began.

After a flurry of contacts between the two Koreas, South Korean officials suggested to Trump in March that Kim would be willing to meet face-to-face.