Donald Trump: Kim Jong-un summit success likely decided 'in first minute'

Feb. 28 2013 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korea and the U.S. play an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang North Korea

Rodman bonding with Kim

"I really really appreciate it, because we are really cash-strapped", Howard X said as dozens lined up for their turn with him.

Donald Trump is now travelling to Singapore where he will hold a historic summit with Kim Jong-un on Tuesday - after weeks of on-again off-again chaos. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before, create peace and great prosperity for his land. It's never going to be there again.

"We'll have to see what happens and we're going to know very soon".

"The situation was much more shocking than I had expected", he said.

After the real Donald Trump left the G7 summit early on Saturday to make his meeting with the real Kim Jong-un, he sent a series of tweets announcing his excitement.

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"It's unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident", he said. You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?

"I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen", said Trump, who's known for getting physical with leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron. I think it would be good for the world.

Trump and his lieutenants - with his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, a notable exception - have jumped on comments like this to frame the summit and used them to bolster their own direct, and extensive, private talks with senior North Koreans.

Kristof says that a diplomat once told him, "the job of leaders at a summit is to pull rabbits out of hats, and the job of the Sherpas preparing for the summit is to stuff the hats with the rabbits - and there isn't really time for that". But the Trump-Kim meeting will surpass them all in the sheer spectacle, a summit of global significance timed to begin squarely during prime time in the United States on Monday evening, a strategic decision by the ratings-conscious president.

"We appreciate everything what is going on". 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. But nothing will be fully settled until China, which sent hundreds of thousands of troops into the North to prevent a quick US victory in 1950, and South Korea also sign off.

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"That's what you learn at the Wharton School of Finance", said President Trump.

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

Getting a legally binding peace treaty is unlikely in Singapore because "you have to disentangle a lot of United Nations security issues, Security Council issues", said Christopher Hill, a former lead USA nuclear negotiator with the North, who also noted that "as a practical matter, China has to be there". For years Trump has complained about the US bearing too much of the burden for other countries' security, and as president he's sought to pull troops from Syria and other locations.

"The U.S. press is very dishonest", Trump said. While U.S. intelligence officials know little about Kim and his regime, which tightly controls news and information in North Korea, analysts said Kim is sure to be studying Trump's large cache of public statements for clues as to how to negotiate with him.

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