World leaders react to Kim-Trump summit

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 12, 2018

"If I have to say I'm sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that gets us to save 30 million lives - it could be more than that - I'm willing to sit on a stage, I'm willing to travel to Singapore, very proudly", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump holds up the document that he and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un just signed.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From the choreographed handshake to show two leaders on equal footing to Trump's musings about beach front condos on the North Korean coast, the American president went out of his way to make one of the world's most grotesque tyrants feel like a statesman.

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"We may be able to recoup a little bit of that, but I think it is a cost that we're willing to pay and it's our contribution to an worldwide endeavor, which is in our profound interests", he added.

The four-minute tape, which Trump said was shown in both English and Korean and was made from the perspective of the United States, was released by the White House and it is a Hollywood-style movie trailer produced by a fake production company, "The Destiny Pictures Productions".

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Veterans of Foreign Wars, a group that advocates on behalf of all veterans, had lobbied Trump ahead of the summit to address the POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) issue with Kim during their meeting.

"We didn't have a big screen like you have the luxury of having", Trump said.

The almost five-minute movie even had its own Hollywood-style vanity logo: "A Destiny Pictures Production", though a film company by the same name in Los Angeles denied any involvement in making it, and the White House has not yet responded to questions about it. "I'm so happy", he said. "Think of it from the real estate perspective". One moment, one choice, what if?

The UN said in 2014 that North Korea committed "systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights". "It's possible. We're dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change, a lot of things are possible", he said.

With Trump, however, Rodman said, things changed because he understood that people of North Korea have a heart and a soul. "He's de-nuking the whole place. It was on the table from the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea - so important".

They agreed to establish new relations between the countries and committed to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula", where the US and South Korea are still technically at war with the North. He says, "We're going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship". The US forces in South Korea, meanwhile, told Stars and Stripes magazine that it had not received updated guidance on cessation of training exercises, and "will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance". I just kept going back.

"I explained it", he said.

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