US plays down hopes from Trump-Kim nuclear summit美国为“特金会”核协议谈判预期降温 时间:2018-06-12 单词数:4810
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Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday in preparation for their historic summit, even as US officials sought to manage expectations for Tuesday’s much-heralded meeting.
Once pitched as the final stage of a landmark denuclearisation deal, the meeting is increasingly being spun as just the beginning of a process of engagement between the two bitter adversaries.
“I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people,” said Mr Trump as he departed Canada en route for the south-east Asian city state. “There’s a good chance it won’t work out. There’s probably an even better chance it will take a period of time.”
The aim of the summit on Tuesday is to see if Mr Kim and Mr Trump could establish a level of chemistry and trust that would provide impetus for further negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, according to one senior US official.
Joseph Yun, the state department’s former point-man on North Korea, echoed the sentiment, saying it was clear that high-level meetings between US and North Korean officials in recent days had reduced expectations on the American side.
“Gone is the talk of all-in-one big bang and denuclearisation. The magic word seems to be process and progress,” said Mr Yun, adding that it would still be important to have a “substantive result” from the summit.
Mr Trump said in advance of his arrival that he would know “within the first minute” of the meeting whether Mr Kim was “serious”. He added that he could make such a judgment based on “my touch, my feel — that’s what I do”.
The meeting in Singapore’s five-star Capella hotel will be the first summit between leaders of the two countries, which fought each other in the 1950s and as recently as January appeared close to a new war.
The theory is that North Korea’s denuclearisation could be exchanged for economic and diplomatic rewards from the US, such as the establishment of official relations between the two nations.
For Mr Kim, the trip to Singapore — his first overseas as North Korean leader — will not only be a boon to his domestic standing, but might also offer him the chance to negotiate improvements for his country’s economy and its security.
Officials in Singapore — which has long maintained positive relations with both parties — have closed roads and marking out swaths of the city of 5.5m as security zones in intensive preparations for the summit.
“There are a whole variety of people who would target a US president, including Americans,” K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s law and home affairs minister, told the Financial Times. “Likewise there are a whole lot of people who would potentially target [Kim Jong Un].” Two South Korean journalists were deported on Saturday after allegedly trespassing at the home of the North Korean ambassador in the city.
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