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.
"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 United States diplomat said.
Speaking just before embarking on his marathon journey to Singapore for the pair's historic summit, Trump bristled with confidence as he boasted that contacts between their respective negotiating teams had been positive. But I also believe that Trump can and should explain to Kim that his regime will never be fully respected unless it improves on human rights and accounts for Japanese citizens kidnapped over the years.
"He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great", Trump said. So, the president, I can imagine him saying, 'We've agreed on this peace treaty, ' which is what we said in 2005.
"I think we were played". We're going to have to see what happens.
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"I think President Moon Jae-in of the South was kind of freaked out, to use a non-technical term, and did everything he could to try to soothe tensions", Kristof says. "I think I'll also know whether it will happen fast". "We are still, in a way, brothers and sisters", he said.
Reports of Kim's latest on-site inspection came as Pyongyang's media have kept mum on the recent USA visit by his right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, for a rare meeting with Trump at the White House. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea, while in his previous role as CIA Director.
After that five-day visit in June 2017, Rodman told reporters: "I'm just trying to open the door".
"Things will start happening within the next 24 hours", Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Beijing, after returning from North Korea.
Chen Ziyang, 28, who was queueing for a picture, said the impersonators had "almost 99 percent resemblance to the real Kim and Trump".
"You know if you're going to like someone in the first five seconds, you ever hear that one?"
A delicate aspect of the Trump-Kim summit is that the United States is meeting with a de facto nuclear state that desires détente without denuclearization, while the U.S. wants détente in exchange for denuclearization.