Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Kim has a 'one-time shot'

Kim Jong Un Impersonator Gets Snared In Singapore Security Net Kim Jong Un impersonator held by Singapore immigration
Ebony Burgess | 10 June, 2018, 11:02

Some 100 fans flocked to a shopping mall Saturday for $10 selfies with Trump and Kim lookalikes.

It's a technicality, but yes. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some US news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia.

USA policy since the Obama Administration was that Washington would not negotiate with North Korea unless the Pyongyang government agreed beforehand the topic would be denuclearisation. But its genesis goes back more than a year, as Trump turned the screws on North Korea by threatening war and North Korea responded with a series of missile tests. Kim is also enjoying a bonanza of both domestic and global prestige by meeting foreign leaders like the South's President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping, helping to obscure his government's huge crimes against humanity and seemingly proving his claim that nuclear weapons command respect for his country.

Here are some photos of the two holding their own little summit to get you pumped for the real thing next week.

Kim previously used an IL-76 to transport his armored stretch Mercedes Benz limousine to Dalian, suggesting Sunday's flight to Singapore may be carrying the same vehicle to Singapore.

Trump seems to want to.

At the same time, the United States president thinks that Kim Jong-un can make North Korea great. If he gets an agreement, regardless of whether North Korea eventually refuses to comply years down the road, it will bolster him domestically, and assist Republicans in the November mid-terms. And there is a possibility of something like that.

It also could reflect a bit of tactical caution by the Kim regime.

Furthermore, Kim has succeeded in lightening some of the pressure arising from economic sanctions on his country.

In short, there might not be enough leaders in Singapore. PSCORE is a nonprofit that promotes reunification, raises awareness about human rights issues in North Korea, and helps defectors adjust to life in South Korea.

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The comments came before Trump left the G7 meeting in Canada to head to Asia.

"The U.S. press is very dishonest", Trump said.

Kim should be aware of just how good an opportunity he has, Trump cautioned, because it will not last forever.

USA defence and intelligence officials have assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other USA officials have said they would not tolerate. "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see", said Trump. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was later driven out of power and killed in 2011 during the Arab Spring revolution, a fate not lost on the North Koreans.

Makes sense, as does every other part of 2018.

Trump is probably "talking about a statement of intent, not about signing an actual peace treaty, which would require a number of time-consuming steps and negotiations to complete", Ferial Saeed, a former State Department official, wrote recently. It is hard to credibly suggest progress on weapons proliferation can be durable or verifiable if North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

Some also question whether the status quo is that bad. While the U.S. has not lifted any of its sanctions, Trump has said he will not add any new sanctions before the summit.

"When the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we couldn't say no".

His earlier visits to North Korea included a basketball game that he organized, an event chronicled in the documentary film "Big Bang in Pyongyang", which featured Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim, as well as scenes of inebriated and erratic behavior by the basketball Hall of Famer.

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