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Nuclear weapons on menu at Trump-Kim dinner

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It would be good to see something positive come out of this. It is the one area where I give Trump some credit.

Someone like Kim craves respect and showing it may lead to the liberalisation of Korea.

However the national psyche of NK is built around war with America. If the enemy becomes a friend what happens to the glue that joins the state together?

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The National psyche of North Korea is built around the 'godhood' of its leader, not necessarily fighting America. Look at our beloved leader who is so mighty that the leader of the most powerful country of the world must come and speak with him

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Russia wants a gas pipeline through Korea. Given NK’s links with Russia, expect more pressure on trump to ease up on sanctions and other restrictions. Maybe all trump inc. want in return is rights to develop properties in NK to go along with all the deals they’re making for themselves with China. And Russia.

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What most people are not aware of is that Trump wants to build a casino gambling complex in Pyongyang

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Watched a special on TV recently which stated that Kim had his half-brother assassinated because he openly stated there should be no more Kim Dynasty then it shouldn't go to a third-round meaning Rocket Man

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Peace isn’t possible with a Communist/ Socialist dictatorship.

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The National psyche of North Korea is built around the 'godhood' of its leader, not necessarily fighting America.

They still drop propaganda leaflets by air in SK showing war with America. It's kind of 50/50.

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Russia wants a gas pipeline through Korea. Given NK’s links with Russia, expect more pressure on trump to ease up on sanctions and other restrictions.

As of now That won’t happen, so Russia has a huge dilemma.

Maybe all trump inc. want in return is rights to develop properties in NK to go along with all the deals they’re making for themselves with China. And Russia.

Lol, funny.

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Well, I hope that those "nuclear weapons" on (the) menu won't upset their stomachs too much.

It will be quite something to chew on in the days, weeks, months and maybe even years to come.

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All these talks do is legitimize the Kim regime on the world stage and solidify his power in NK. So far Kim hasn't given up one thing for what he's gained in publicity. Bottom line, not matter how much rehetoric the Trump administration spews in an attempt to make this look like something that will benifit the world when it comes to the NK situation, it won't. Nothing will change and if you think otherwise then you haven't been paying attention to the situation in the Koreas.

NK will never give up their nukes now that they have them, they don't want to be Gaddafied.

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@wolfman

Obviously you don't realize that Vietnam is also a communist/socialist dictatorship. Obviously it is at peace with the US or Trump wouldn't be there.

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Obviously you don't realize that Vietnam is also a communist/socialist dictatorship. Obviously it is at peace with the US or Trump wouldn't be there

Ouch . . . A dose of facts for a chronically inaccurate rightist. ROFL! Smh. Lol. Kudos.

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Good luck, Trump. Listen to tour advisors and put your instincts aside.

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Long gone are the days when he ridiculed Kim as "rocket man" and Kim responded by calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard". Now Trump talks of "love" between them.

That's just creepy. Between Stormy, McDouglal, Manafort, Stone - Trump's world is just creepy....

And while Trump left Singapore claiming that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat", analysts dismiss that as "patently false" and Pyongyang is believed to have spent the intervening time quietly expanding its capabilities.

His own administation experts and all the Repubs in Congress think he's wrong...what an idiot....

"Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi. Tremendous crowds, and so much love!" Trump tweeted after reaching his Hanoi hotel from the airport.

Here to negiotiate about nuclear weapons and he's talking again about crowds - you just can't take the failed reality TV star out of him....

With Congress investigating Trump for alleged illegal activities and also preparing to try and stop his controversial use of executive power to fund the construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall, the president would dearly like to change the news narrative by proclaiming a dramatic win.

BINGO....

However, every potential move is fraught with danger. North Korea has proved expert for many years at stringing along American presidents while continuing to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

And negotiating for our side is "The Apprentice"....

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The big joke is that this freak show is a "summit." And most certainly this is not a “second" summit, as there was no “first" summit. This is merely a continuation of two dictators getting together to bellow, boast and blow smoke up the posteriors of each other and their equally ignorant bases. 

Like Putin, Kim knows exactly how to please Trump: praise, a handshake, a fancy dinner. Our imbecile-in-chief will fall for anything, including Kim’s lies about disarming. And once again, pretend president Trump will sell out American values, and give the store away in order to distract from his corruption, increasing dementia and inestimable need to appeal to his base, well named as they are the basest among us.

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The article is so negative.

Nothing has changed really from the investigations so far, and North Korea is speaking to it's greatest foe

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Progress is welcomed, of course, but I'm afraid Kim is up to his usual games. An understanding of Trump's priorities is important: he wants a Noble Prize to equate himself with Obama. Kim will likely play Trump like one does with a cat toy - lots of apparent movement but no actual result.

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They're having nuclear weapons for dinner?

Spicy food is one thing, but this is ridiculous.

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Ouch . . . A dose of facts

Bingo.

His own administation experts and all the Repubs in Congress think he's wrong...what an idiot..

So What? They’re not the President and he wouldn’t be the first to disagree with congress.

Here to negiotiate about nuclear weapons and he's talking again about crowds - you just can't take the failed reality TV star out of him....

He has a few days, if Obama can have a few days and whisper sweet working on missile defense shields, Trump can enjoy a buffet or two and talk when he and Kim are ready.

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Peace isn’t possible with a Communist/ Socialist dictatorship.

Because such a thing doesn't exist. Instead it's a basic dictatorship that has twisted the ideals of two separate ideologies. If you know your political history, you'll know that Communists were rather scathing and dismissive of socialists, Marx especially so.

Jumping back to the present day and the reality of the situation is that, whilst dialogue is most welcome, neither Pyongyang, nor Washington has actually committed to any deal and details are still as sketchy as they were back in June.

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I see Kim's hair is freshly shaven. What a good looking dude.

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Nuclear weapons? Not hamberders?

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His own administation experts and all the Repubs in Congress think he's wrong...what an idiot..

So What? They’re not the President and he wouldn’t be the first to disagree with congress.

What a reply. He's President so he's smarter than all the geo-political experts with years of experience.

If he's such a genius and doesn't need experts, next time he needs surgery I assume he'll call Don Jr...

Here to negiotiate about nuclear weapons and he's talking again about crowds - you just can't take the failed reality TV star out of him....

He has a few days, if Obama can have a few days and whisper sweet working on missile defense shields, Trump can enjoy a buffet or two and talk when he and Kim are ready.

"Whisper sweet" - more creepiness...

And given their girth, Trump and Kim are the last two people that should be enjoying the buffet line...

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He's President so he's smarter than all the geo-political experts with years of experience.

They said that about Reagan as well, all the time and where is the Soviet Union now, where is the Iron curtain? No one is claiming the President is smarter, but he has advisors to do just that give him advice, whether he takes that advice is up to the President.

"Whisper sweet" - more creepiness...

He was a creepy person.

And given their girth, Trump and Kim are the last two people that should be enjoying the buffet line...

Which is their choice, eat up and enjoy.

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However the national psyche of NK is built around war with America. If the enemy becomes a friend what happens to the glue that joins the state together?

N Korea's economy is going to start to take off as peace breaks out and sanctions are removed.

The action-movie style trailer Trump says he played to Kim Jong-un:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYsaC2CADs0

Kim will likely play Trump like one does with a cat toy - lots of apparent movement but no actual result.

I find your lack of faith disturbing. believe in the Force.

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This is old news. "Nuclear weapons on menu at Trump-Kim dinner" This has always been the reason for meeting.

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There is talk in DC at high levels behind the scenes about withdrawing US military from Asia !  It's not about IF but WHEN ! America understandably is TIRED of being USED when Japan and Korea are quite capable of defending themselves !

Why should Americans risk their lives and US taxpayers bear the burdens of any foreign countries especially when those countries in reality intensely dislike the US and only want to exploit it to their advantage !

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Kim, keep in mind Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya... This is what awaits NK if it gives up its nuclear capability. It has been verified by the US that Iran is not producing nuclear weapons but the US is still placing more sanctions on Iran. Venezuela has elected a President, but the US is fomenting civil unrest in order to install a Washington puppet  so they can take control of Venezuela's oil and install a US military base.

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Kim gets his recognition for talking directly to the US president and Trump is shooting for a Nobel Peace Prize. Trump couldn't care about anything else. He doesn't care about peace and he doesn't care about the nukes. Notice how he is now saying that if he wasn't President, the US would probably be at war with North Korea. This is solely a Nobel Peace Prize bid and nothing else.

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CNN headline. Not helpful at all.

“How Hanoi went from being bombed by Washington to hosting its summit”

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“How Hanoi went from being bombed by Washington to hosting its summit”

A timely reminder of how America brutalised an entire nation and how far relations have come, since.

A truly resilient people, the Vietnamese.

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A timely reminder of how America brutalised an entire nation and how far relations have come, since.

Every major first world country brutalized another at one point in time.

A truly resilient people, the Vietnamese.

Not only the Vietnamese. We are all resilient.

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Lots of noise and little puerile pokes from the usual suspects rooting for the peace effort to lose.

Can't do anything about the Democrat-escalated Vietnam conflict, but an actual Korean Peace Treaty to replace the current Korean armistice would be a good start. Korean unification could be a prelude to denuclearization.

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Lots of noise and little puerile pokes from the usual suspects rooting for the peace effort to lose.

Can't speak for the others here, but I want negotiations to succeed. Dialogue, not war, has always been my position. My main problem is the nature of the two leaders involved and the very nebulous nature of talks and conditions. It's very easy for either of them to walk out to the press, all smiles, and claim all manner of wonderous progress. We need to see results that will steer both warmongering countries away from any future conflict.

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Sounds like a pretty big meal to digest.

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Do you think Kim likes hamberders as much as Trump?

Trump's new policy with Kim will likely allow NK to keep its nukes under the condition that the first casino is a Trump casino with a select shop for Ivanka's new tote-bags, handcrafted by starving human's enslaved in the gulag camps of the Pyongyang backwoods. NK is gonna be Awesome.

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Do you think Kim likes hamberders as much as Trump?

Kim's gonna be all right as soon as he gets his first Whopper.

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Can't speak for the others here, but I want negotiations to succeed. Dialogue, not war, has always been my position. My main problem is the nature of the two leaders involved and the very nebulous nature of talks and conditions. 

Personalities? Nebulous nature, ultimate goals?

You think FDR, Churchill & Stalin were well-liked and had clear goals at Yalta? FDR had little love for the law and had secret service agents tear the film out of reporters' cameras to conceal his polio. Churchill was booted out of office; the communist threat was ominous.

There was a reason Trump became president however unconventional; just perhaps this peace effort may prove to be one good reason.

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Every major first world country brutalized another at one point in time.

In that case, it's okay. Let's just forget about it like it never happened. Lame.

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Peoples whom criticize the President Tump are lack of understanding about negotiation. You cannot bad mouthing about your opponent when you're going to negotiate for important subject the nuclear disarmament with him. Whatever the anti-Trump said, the President is a very good negotiator and I believe he will success negotiation of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. However, it will take some times.

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