Kim summit: Interpreters have massive role to play in talks like these


Kim and Trump signed the "historic" document after their Singapore meeting.

"That was Keir Simmons reporting", she said. I think it's really going to be something that will be very important.

As for Kim, the head of a Communist autocracy regularly participates in regime propaganda created to obscure the nation's crippling poverty and other woes.

The four-minute video in Korean and English was made in the style of an extended action movie trailer and portrayed Kim and Trump as men of destiny with the future of the world in their hands.

Such a meeting was unthinkable even six months ago when the two leaders found themselves in the middle of a verbal confrontation over North Korea's nuclear programme. "One of moving back", the narrator says, over images of warfare and ruin, "or one of moving forward", followed by images of a North Korean missile launch in reverse, the famously dark country lighting up at night, and skyscrapers under construction.

Kim said he will "cooperate with President Trump to resolve the challenges ahead" and to overcome the skepticism and speculations about their summit.

"Today we had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind and we are about to make a historic change", Kim said.

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The meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Critics said the mere fact of the meeting meant Trump was legitimising Kim - whose regime is accused of widespread human rights abuses.

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

Expanded bilateral talks are expected to continue until 1130, after which the two leaders will hold a working lunch until 1600.

Which I guess makes it kind of fitting, in a bizarro universe kind of way, that Trump apparently tried to sell Kim on peace between their two nations by showing him an insane fake trailer for a movie starring them as the heroes. It did not, for instance, include an agreement to take steps toward ending the Korean War, which technically is still ongoing.

However, such a move would also require the authorisation of South Korea, as well as North Korean ally China.