Donald Trump arrived on Air Force One in Singapore for the meeting with Kim Jung Un to discuss issues such as North Korea denuclearization and an end to the Korean War. Both men are staying in separate hotels not far from Tuesday’s meeting on the resort island of Sentosa. Trump had expressed before the meeting with Kim Jong Un that this opportunity would not happen again and called it a “one-time shot.” Trump made his remarks in Charlevoix, Canada, at the end of the G-7 summit in a press conference as he prepared to depart for Singapore. Trump expressed hope that the summit would be good for world peace but also for the dictatorship.
The road to the summit has been bumpy, with Trump pulling out of the summit last month, leaving everyone to think the worst. After trading insults and threatening war the President of the United States and the Supreme Leader of North Korea finally agreed to meet face-to-face.
Trump thinks that he will know within minutes of meeting Kim Jong Un if something good would come from the meeting. “Within the first minute I’ll know,” he said.
“He’s got an opportunity, the likes of which I think almost — if you look into history — very few people have ever had. He can take that nation, with those great people, and truly make it great. So, it’s a one-time — it’s a one-time shot. And I think it’s going to work out very well,” Trump exprsesed.
Now the question remains to be seen if Kim Jong Un will budge and give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons. On Friday Kim Jong Un had told South Korean president Moon Jae-in ” If we meet often and build trust with the United States and if an end to the war and nonaggression are promised, why would we live in difficulty with nuclear weapons? I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific, or at the United States.”
Sunday, South Korean officials revealed Kim’s words, which reinforce the promises he made in the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, signed at his historic summit with Moon
But many are still skeptical that Kim Jong Un would give up its most destructive weapons. This isn’t the first time that Kim Jong Un has declared that he would give up his weapons of destruction.
Friday’s promise follows similar ones the North made in the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, signed January 1992; the Agreed Framework of October 1994; and the Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks, issued September 2005. These vows were made after the most important one of all: the commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Pyongyang acceded to the global pact in December 1985.
In view of the four-decade trail of broken commitments, just about nobody believes Kim’s promise in Friday’s declaration.
Sung-Yoon Lee of the Fletcher School told the National Interest, “Kim Jong Un’s ploys are completely unoriginal and rather lazy.”