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Singapore diplomat: 'All systems go' for Trump-Kim summit

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The release of three American detainees by North Korea has raised hopes for other abductee families

The meeting will be the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

New York Times op-ed writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize victor Nicholas Kristof.

But his new Secretary of State Is hinting at more.

"Well Kim Jong Un is a cheat, hiding, lying - 100%", he explained.

Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered the region for almost 30 years, is not convinced the result will be anywhere near big and bold. However, the United States president noted that G8 format was more meaningful than G7, adding that he would be positive if Russian Federation returns in the bloc.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

"But it's an bad lot better than firing missiles at each other". "It's got to be the longest war nearly 70 years, right?"

Singapore Management University student Jung Sol, 23, added: "If 10 years of hostility [between North and South Korea] didn't work out, it is time for a change".

"I have a clear objective", Trump said, "but I have to say it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment". The U.S. president, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he will know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP) Kristof credits the South Korean president for deftly handling both sides.

Trump expressed hope that the summit would be good for world peace but also for the dictatorship.

He added that Obama left Trump with "unfettered worldwide disaster after disaster".

Mr Trump was able to portray North Korea's scramble to convince him to stay in the talks as a victory - but also to redefine the terms of the talks.

What is achievable is really anyone's calculated guess. Trump has held out the possibility of striking an accord with Kim that would formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which was concluded with a truce, and not a peace treaty.

The summit meeting will take place at 9 a.m. local time - 9 p.m. Monday Eastern time - at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa off Singapores southern coast. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) North Korea handing over its nuclear weapons, however, is nearly certainly not going to happen at this meeting.

The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the United States and South Korea.

"There is a feeling of excitement in this school - many students, parents and teachers are highly anticipating this summit", said Lee. "There's probably an even better chance it will take a period of time".

In any case, raising the topic of North Korea's human rights abuses will be necessary as a practical matter.

Sending a delegation to the Olympic Games helped to improve North Korea's image. "And it used to be the G8, not the G7", Trump told reporters after the G7 summit in Quebec.

"I expect President Trump to strongly urge Kim Jong-un to immediately resolve the Japanese abduction issue", said Takuya Yokota.

Hannity said that Trump's aggressive stance and rhetoric on the threat of nuclear action has resulted in success.

"We'll raise every issue", he said.

This city-state of 5.5 million people bustled with anticipation as workers raced to finish security preparations for an event with little modern-day precedent. We have values at stake as well as interests.

"I feel they were trying to intimidate me, but if I got deported it would have been big news".

But nothing will be fully settled until China, which sent hundreds of thousands of troops into the North to prevent a quick USA victory in 1950, and South Korea also sign off. And when they blow up at a presidential level, Kristof points out, it's hard to put the pieces back together.

The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who goes by the name Howard X, has gained worldwide attention for his impressions of the North Korean leader in recent months.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30.

Ultimately, the real victor at the Singapore summit could well be North Korea.

"I think that he's going to surprise on the upside", Trump said, adding that it "may not work out".

Watch Susan Ormiston's interview with Nicholas Kristof about the U.S.

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