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welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. in less than 24 hours, donald trump and kim jong-un will make history. the first time a sitting u.s. president has met with the leader of north korea. and in the past few hours, mr. trump has met with singapore's prminister. the city state is hosting this historic meeting. and for now, it's at the center of the diplomatic universe. north korean state media report denuclearization and lasting peace top the agenda for this meeting. all of this has been a stunning turnaround for a young kim jong-un from international pariah to what some are calling a statesman, apparently ready to negotiate a end to his missile programs in return for security guarantees and an end to crushing economic sanctions. cnn's will ripley has reported from north korea many times. many times, so many times that i can't remember, actually. will joins us now from singapore. okay. what we have right now, will, are the last -- >> eight.
>> the last couple of hours and working level negotiations between the americans and the north koreans, the u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo put out a statement saying in part we've had detailed meetings to date with the north koreans. south korean news agent has reported there may be a draft agreement they're working on. what do they know about the meeting? ma what are the details here? >> this is kind of like trying to put -- it's like speed dating. you know, something that should have taken maybe months or years at these kind of lower level working level negotiations. we now know the americans and north koreans are here in singapore, trying feverishly to see if they can bring the two sides closer together with the clock ticking because they'll be shaking hands tomorrow morning local time. so you're talking about a matter of hours from now. and when they sit down at the table, the hope by these preparation -- the hope of these preparatory meetings is that they will be able to have
something they can actually agree on when it comes to denuclearization. we know the two sides are very far apart. the united states would like to see it happen quickly. north korea thinks it's certainly not going to happen unilaterally and it's going to happen over time with steps take by the u.s. to end what they consider a hostile policy. well above that in priority, john, they put the security of their government, the long je t levity of their leader is far more important. what they have to convince the north koreans of is they are going to be safe and they're going to exist in their current form, meaning accepting north korea as it is, despite the criticism over human rights, despite the criticism over the way that the government of north korea stays in power and how it handles the lives of its citizens, how it steps into the lives of its citizens. they need guarantees that they'll be able to continue like that before they're willing to talk about denuclearization and then the economic concessions that they would expect in return. >> on monday, state media in
north korea finally actually mentioned that kim jong-un was out of the country for this summit. and it wasn't until he got all the way down to the last paragraph of a fairly lengthy report is there any mention of denuclearization. so i've beyou've been in north korea 18 times. how much is happening in singapore and how life changing this could be? >> well, i think it's north worthy, john, that they actually did a report at all ahead of the summit. because i was expecting, as in other cases of significant event likes this that the north koreans would find out about it after the fact, after they knew what the outcome of the summit would be. so i believe the fact that they're reporting this summit does show from the north korean side that they have the confidence that they're going to go into this and come out this with some positive outcome. i think they know that the united states has a similar goal as well. but, you know, the fact that denuclearization is right down at the bottom there shows -- you have a country that's built up,
and certainly the current leader kim jong-un who has built up his image around the nuclear force he built, spending much of his resources for six years in power, creating and building nuclear weapons and celebrating them, to go from that and do this u-turn to okay, we're going to give up the nuclear weapons, but it's a new era of peace, that is kind of an abrupt u-turn for north koreans to digest. the red and the black posters with the missiles and tanks are being replaced with blue and green and gold messages with messages of peace and colors that symbolize peace and prosperity. so the messaging is already changing. and i suspect when i go back to pyongyang and ask people on the streets, they might have very different answers about the united states if the state propaganda has a different message about the country depending on what happens here in singapore. it's an extraordinary time. it could go either way. we're kind of all along for the ride here. and it begins tomorrow morning with that handshake between president trump and kim jong-un. >> yeah, i think four years in
beijing as a correspondent. i could never once get into north korea and you've been through so many times. so will, thank you for being with us. appreciate it. let's go to anna coren in seoul. anna? >> thank you, john. we now want to bring in mike chinoy, the author of the book "meltdown: the inside story of the north korean nuclear crisis." he is also the former bureau chief of cnn beijing. mike, great to have you with us. as you say, you've been covering north korea for decades. are we on the cusp of meaningful change here on the korean peninsula? >> it's very hard to say. i mean, on one level, there is no question this is a profoundly important moment, especially for kim jong-un, because meeting an american president under these circumstances is giving the north korean leader what kim and kim's father and kim's grandfather all wanted, which
was legitimization by the united states and acknowledgment by the united states essentially of equal status, of face, prestige, respect. that's hugely important for kim jong-un domestically. and if he can achieve that without having to give up his nuclear weapons in the near term, which i think is most likely, then i would see that as a big victory for kim jong-un. but this the long run, in terms of whether or not north korea's actually going to get rid of its weapons, whether we're going to see a deeper political change, i think the honest answer is we simply don't know. it depends on the summit. and that of course depends on the mercurial personality of donald trump. >> yeah, questionable. was mike, i want to ask you about the sudden and dramatic transformation of kim jong-unet jong-unette. it was just last year he was described as a tyrant, murder
and lunatic. now he is this international statesman and diplomat. how did this change happen? >> kim jong-un took power when his father died. from the beginning it was clear he was a different kind of north korean leader. he was more visible. he spoke in public. early on in his tenure, he talked about the north korean people not having to continually tighten their belts. he switched from his father's policy with so-called military first line to a policy promoting both economic development and accelerating the country's nuclear program. layear, with the slew of missile tests and nuclear tests, the north koreans essentially achieved what they'd been looking for in terms of the missile and nuclear program, which is the ability in their minds to deter the united states which they always have viewed as a threat. and once he did that, then it was kim who shifted gears. i don't agree it's the pressure from the u.s. who played the central role. i think the north koreans
achieved what they wanted, and he is tryg to shift gears and have a better relationship with the united states. the question is whether he is willing to give up his nuclear program or portions of it and what sort of deal would be involved. but as he's made this shift, he's then reached out internationally first to south korea and then to china, now to president trump. >> okay. so he might now be this international statesman, but can he be trusted? >> i think the situation, no political leader is going to trust the leader of a country that they have been an adversary of for so many decades. there is certainly a long track record of commitments having been made by the north koreans and in fact a number of cases the united states in the course of trying to resolve this issue, trying to roll back the north korean program and improve relations where both sides have reneged. so i think we're likely to get some sweeping declarations a the
summit about an end to enmity, a new kind of political relationship. kim jong-un is like toy repeat the line he used about denuclearizing the entire korean peninsula. the devil really is in the details. and the question is then going to become if those agreements in principle are reached are, the north koreans prepared to admit international inspectors? are they prepared to really shut down their nuclear facilities, to give up any concrete assets they have, missiles or nuclear devices. that's going to be a long complicated process. i think it's important not to be carried away by the vibes of the summit without keeping in mind the fact that actual process is going to take time and be very difficult and complicated with many pitfalls. >> mike, let me ask you, some expert says that kim jong-un has realized that he needs to save
the north korean economy to secure the long-term future of the regime and his leadership. how desperate is kim jong-un for that foreign economic investment to be made in north korea? >> i would be careful about using the word desperate with kim jong-un. hinge he has proved himself be a very shrewd and capable operator. he is only in his early 30s. his grandfather lived into his early 80s. so kim jong-un is looking at the possibility of 50 more years in power. and i do think he recognizes that changing the economy is important, and i think the chinese who have followed a similar model of economic liberalization with tight political controls have been pushing hmm to change. he is, i think, in some significant ways different than his father and his grandfather. how far he's prepared to go, we don't know. one of the probls is that the north korean political system, which is built around worship of
the supreme leader as a kind of god-like figure doesn't easily lend itself to opening up without undermining that political system. so that's going to a real challenge if s donald trump is offering mcdonald's in pyongyang, exchange programs, all sorts of things. thitical impact on the north, it's tricky. so we're going to have to wait and see. but i do think kim is different, and he is serious about changing the economy. my guess is he'd like to do that and keep some nuclear capability as well. >> mike chinoy, joining us from liverpool, england. many thanks for that. john, back to you in los angeles. >> anna, thank you. we'll take a short break. when we come back, donald trump apparently did not want to attend the g7 meeting in canada, and now we know how his bitter dispute with u.s. allies over trade and tariffs could impact the nuclear summit in singapore.
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escalating diplomatic crisis with canada. the u.s. president seems to focus much of his fury on canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, accusing him of being dishonest and weak on trade policies. and as a result, trump says he will not sign on to the g7 joint statement. the tweets are becoming fast over the past few hours, many directed at trudeau, like this one. sorry w cannot let our friends or enemies take advantage of us on trade anymore. we must put the american worker first. on the surface, at least, the dispute is over trade policy. but the white house chief economic adviser has accused trudeau of trying to undermine the u.s. president before he meets with north korea's kim jong-un. >> he is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to noirks so th north korea? >> of course it is. one things leads to another.
they are all related. kim must not see american weakness. >> but the most incendiary comment of all from the white house trade adviser with the harsh words ever use directed at a leader of a u.s. ally. >> there is a special place in hell hell for any foreign leader who engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. roline heldman joins us. no john thomas is a cnn commentator, and yes, second time, a president of thomas partners strategy. drink's on you. now for a new segment we want to call here on "cnn newsroom" newsroom" -- ♪ ♪ blame canada, blame canada
>> okay, you get the idea. john, this is how the u.s. president apparently shows strength before the summit with north korea? he sends his adviser out to beat up on the canadian prime minister? >> well, i don't know if i would have used those choice of words. but i think it is a fair statement that if this was an attempt to make president trump or america quite frankly look weak in negotiation, it could undermine trump's credibility going into the summit. if that for some reason caused the summit to fall apart or us not to be able to get the terms that we want, well, that's a pretty big deal. >> caroline, did justin trudeau to you, did it look as though he was trying to undermine donald trump? >> no. it looks as though he is trying to negotiate. it's rather about a surt second-degree murder to say somebody is who is trying to negotiate a good trade deal for a country that has lower tariffs than the united states and which we have an $8.6 billion trade surplus with, he is trying to
negotiate. it's absurd that he is to say that he is trying to sabotage the summit in north korea. >> but larry kudlow said to tapper they had a al, and then they left and held a press conference and there was no deal. they thought they had a deal and now they don't have a deal. >> it's over the timing. >> over trump any day of the week. sorry. >> the strategy was for donald trump to head into this summit with north korea being isolated, the way it seems to work out the opposite. donald trump heads into the summit with kim jong-un strutting around the world stage, meeting with an a increasing number of world leaders and donald trump looks isolated. >> well, i don't think it's fair the say that trump is isolated. but i think the fact that he got this sit-down when many other presidents would have liked to sit down, couldn't get a it is-down. >> they've been throwing themselves like a schoolgirl at david cassie for years. >> it's not to say that they didn't want, right, it's quite the opposite.
north korean leaders have been trying to sit down with our presidents for two decades, but they haven't duped one of them yet because the very thing they want kim jong-un has already won. he wanted to sit down to gain legitimacy. so he has achieved his goal. >> you're certainly right. this is a good thing for kim jong-un to have the sit-down. but some people say he has to have the sit-down because economically he can't endure the sanctions any longer. he has to figure out a solution economically. >> they have endured it for decades. >> with the g7 debacle, a gdp of $23 billion. the u.s., just over $18.5 trillion. john, why would the president be surprised that these countries would push back against donald trump, against the u.s. when it comes to tariffs? >> i don't think president trump is surprised. i think that they would start in that position. hinge is surprised that he thought he had a deal. larry kudlow said all they were discussing at that point that larry was there was ands and
thes because the deal was agreed to. for justin trudeau to do an about-face, that's what the president is upset. >> this is what the french president said whether there was a deal or not a deal. international cooperation can't depend on anger and small words. let's be serious and worthy of our people. we spent two days obtaining a draft and commitment. we stick to it. and anyone who leaves and turn theirs back on them shows their inconsistency. angela merkel said the withdrawal, so to speak by tweet is sobering and as by depressing. and when the have larry custody row who basically said this is how g7 -- this is what g7 leaders should have said to trump instead. >> they should have said to him god speed. you're negotiating with this crazy nuclear tyrant in norks a north korea, and we are behind you. >> just because there is a
dispute over trade does not mean those in the g7 are hoping donald trump is successful. one does not negotiation gaede the other. >> and they are two distinct things. at the end of the day, the g7, and you were focusing on trudeau, but the g7, everybody else is backing trudeau and saying that it is donald trump who pulled out. and in fact donald trump started all of this by lobbying and leveeing a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminum. so at the end of the day, donald trump started this trade war. he arrived late at the summit. he left early. and so he is the one who hasn't done his duty, according to everyone else who is there. >> okay. you want a quick? >> president trump for the first time, a u.s. president standing up for american workers. and that's what you're seeing. pushing back against the g7. >> this is going to harm workers in the heartland just like mexico has levied $3 billion in tariffs. this is going to hurt workers in the heartland.
>> meanwhile, our dairy industry is pretty much going out of business domestically because of canada. >> very quickly moving on to the summit for donald trump, he says he is ready. it's all about attitude. >> i think i'm very well prepared. i don't think i have to prepare very much. it's about attitude. it's about willingness to get things done. >> i always believe in preparation. but i've been preparing all my life. >> okay. so john, preparing all his life. what part of his real estate background, his four bankruptcies, his role on "the apprentice" has prepared donald trump for nuclear negotiations? >> well, did write the art of the deal. >> he didn't write the art of the deal. someone else wrote it. >> the point is he is coming in like a businessman's negotiation. he said i'm going to know whether or not there is a deal in the first minute, it's because in any business negotiation you sit down, in this case he is going to be able to tell if it's more than a photo op or not. that's what he is trying to get at. and a lot of it is a personal relationship, to be able to get things done. and then there is the underlying
thing does kim jong-un believe this is his way out? does he believe the end is near, whether it's trump or the next president after him, that now is his window to make a deal to make north korean an economic power and not just a military power. >> there is a report in politico that since this summit was first proposed about a three months ago, john bolton, the national security adviser has not held a cabinet level meeting about these negotiations. since trump agreed on a whim to meet with kim jong-un march 8th, the planning has been unstructured, according to half a dozen administration officials. trump himself has driven the preparation almost exclusively on his own, consulting little with his national security team except for mike pompeo. i was always told if you're failing to prepare, then you're preparing to fail. >> absolutely. donald trump has shown he doesn't show he doesn't know how things work when it comes to diplomacy or for the policy process. so to hear that his team is as
unprepared as he is a little astonishing. a the end of the day, the summit is going to be like geraldo rivera opening the tank. like nothing happens. we're going to open it up and it's going to be a bunch of soggy papers. and he has already tamped down expectations because he knows that too. >> just wrapt up here, john. one of the other problems, like a technical, people with technical expertise in the state, many were forced out by tillison. tweeted this photo out proud to have my state department team hard at work. i count two people in that photograph. how many do you count? >> well, mike pompeo is going to do a lot of the negotiating directly. but look, i'm not rooting for the president to fail here. i'm rooting for the president to succeed. i think he is going to get something. i don't know if it's going to happen in the first summit. it may be a series of summits. a lot of mcdonald's and super cuts and wherever they end up
meeting. but i think, look, this is an opportunity the president is hoping to achieve peace here. that it's ironic that hillary clinton's closing ad in her campaign was that donald trump will be pressing the nuclear button and getting us into nuclear war. in fact all he is spending his time is trying to keep us out of war and trying to make safer pl. good luck to him. it's a tough task, no doubt about it. >> kaline, ten seconds. >> i would say that the election is over and he is not trying to get peace. he is trying to get a nobel peace prize because denuclearization is not going to happen. >> it is high stakes. these are difficult negotiations. and this obviously is just the start. and hopefully this is the start of the process that will lead to good things at the end. thank you, guys. appreciate you being with us. coming up here, we'll head back to singapore for the president trump summit between president trump and kim jong-un. how the two leaders are actually prepare organize not preparing in the final two hours. that's just ahead.
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comcast, building america's largest gig-speed network. welcome back. you are watching cnn special coverage of the historic singapore summit between donald trump and kim jong-un. i'm anna coren coming to you live from seoul, south korea. >> i'm john vause in los angeles. it's 12:31 here on the west coast. this is a summit which has been just months in the making. donald trump and kim jong-un are both in singapore and soon they will come face-to-face for this historic meeting. the u.s. president wrapped up his meeting with singapore's prime minister earlier on monday. as for the summit, the u.s. is pushing for a denuclearized korean peninsula, while north korea is hoping for an end to crippling economic sanctions. back now toe anna in seoul.
>> thank you, john. well, let's now go to cnn's jeremy diamond, who is in singapore outside kim jong-un's hotel where there is no doubt plenty of security. jeremy, i want to ask you about president trump. less than a day away, he is from making history and seems pretty confident that things will go well. what is at stake for the u.s. president? >> yeah, that's right, anna. the president has been striking a very optimistic tone head into this meeting. huge questions remain what can actually be achieved. as far as what's at stake, an enormous amount, of course. this could be something that could shape this president's legacy for years and years to come. if he is indeed able to be successful in his diplomatic summit with kim jong-un, this could be something that of course marks his presidency, defines it in many ways. and, of course, if he is successful in the way that most experts hope he would be in
terms of concrete, verifiable denuclearization, it could be a great thing for the world. but certainly, that is a tremendous question at this point. we know that u.s. and north korean officials have been meeting as recently as earlier today to continue to try and figure out how to bridge the gap between the two countries' positions on denuclearization and to try and work out an agreement that president trump and kim jong-un would be able to finally iron out during this first meeting that they are set to have tomorrow. so there is still a ton of activity and very little indication as of yet as to what has actually been achieved and what these two men will be able to accomplish when they meet tomorrow. >> jeremy, as we all know, president trump has just come from the g where 7 where he att his allies. is this trump being trump or was this perhaps a performance, a show of force for the north koreans?
>> well, whatever it is, it certainly has been a jarring contrast to see the president spark a rhetorical battle with one of the u.s.'s closest allies, canada, just days before he is set to sit down with the north korean dictator kim jong-un. and at the same time, we are also hearing him make outreaches to russia, saying that russia should be included in what used to be the g8, saying that russia, he would like to sit down with russian president vladimir putin for a summit as well. so certainly it has been an interesting contrast that the president has set up ahead of his meeting with kim jong-un. clearly, the spat that the president is having is one that he believes is necessary. he believes this is a necessary battle to have with da, with the european union, with other close allies over this issue of trade, which has really come to define his second year as president so far. remember, it was the president's decision to impose the steel and aluminum tariffs on canada, on
mexico and on the european union just two weeks ago tt really set off this entire feud. and while he was smiling and shaking hands at the g7, clearly that was not the ultimate feeling that he left canada with. >> yeah, it really was extraordinary. left so many people shaking their heads. jeremy diamond joining us from singapore. many thanks for that. now become to you, john, in los angeles. >> anna, thank you very much for that report. paul o'carroll joins us from san francisco. he is a senior adviser for n squared and also an expert on nuclear security issues. and we're lucky to have you with us, paul. thank you. i want to play you part of a broadcast from north korean state television. it's reporting on kim leaving for the summit in singapore. >> at this historical first dprk and usa summit which is garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world, comprehensive and in-depth views will be exchanged on issues of common interest, such as
establishing a new dprk-u.s. relation that responds to the changing requirements of the era, establishing firm and permanent peace on the korean peninsula and denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> it's notable the veteran anchor was brought out of retirement. she just does the big news these days. how significant are the two words "changed erred -- era? >> it could mean a couple different things. when i first heard the phrase earlier and read it, i felt that it's actually serving two purposes. it's telling the north korean populace that they should continue to feel confident and strong that they are a nuclear nation, that they have achieved what kim il-sung, the founder of north korea, and kim jong-un have sought for so long, which is to be a nuclear power.
and the changed situation means that they can now come to the table as an equal in the eyes of the international community and meeting certainly with a sitting president is also -- it's cred for them. i think what's also notable about this statement is it happened before the summit happened. in other words, they're reporting on real-time activities of kim jong-un. this is very rare with north korea. typically if he travels or if there is some type of an event or a parade, kcna, the state radio and television apparatus reports on it after the fact. so it's very interesting to hear that they're sort of following him as he goes. >> normally it's all reported of in full once all successful and everything is done and dusted. when it comes to the preparation for the summit, this is how the u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo sized up kim jong-un a couple weeks ago. >> the conversations are
professional. he knows his brief. he does follow the western press. he'll probably watch this show at some point. he is paying attention to things that the world is saying. >> on the other hand, the u.s. president has g every rea to believe hed of winging it. is it possible? is it a diplomatic strategy that mac maybe kim jong-un is stumble around in the dark and somehow find the golden ticket? >> i was talking the a colleague and they used the phrase even a blind squirrel gets an acorn once in a while. while that might seem cute, while we're talking about nuclear weapons and the risk of potential nuclear war, you don't want to rely on a blind squirrel. i think your assessment is correct. president trump has even said i'm prepared enough, and you know, it's more about how i feel and what i think about this guy. and i have to tell you, in one of my trips to north korea, i was there during a time when they launched missiles, and our handlers, the entourage that was in charge of us came running
into the hotel lobby and said did you see cnn? did you see cnn? so that told me that they are certainly watching cnn and they wanted to see how their missile launches were being received around the world. so i would say in terms of preparation, if this were high school debate match, north koreans are far more prepared certainly at the leadership level than our team is. >> and very quickly, one of the other concerns is an unprepared donald trump, what are the chances of the likelihood that he could make some kind of big concession without even realize about it or make compromises that have serious consequences for u.s. allies like japan and south korea? >> well, i think you're absolutely right. i would say he's already made some concessions. he made a concession in march when he agreed to this meeting off the cuff. a meeting with a sitting u.s. president is something the north koreans have also sought for a long time because it confers on them credibility. and i don't think our president quite understood this.
whether he would throw our allies like japan and south korea under the bus, he may rhetorically, but as much as i am optimistic that a summit is happening, i'm pessimistic that much real substantive progress will come out of it. and so if there are things that the president does or says or perhaps commits to that aren't in keeping with what our allies want, my only solace is that it's only talk, and it may only be a piece of paper. so if that's a bad piece of paper, i'm less concerned. >> okay. paul, we'll leave there it. thank you so much. appreciate you being with us. the when we come back, live with our reporters across europe with the latest reaction with donald trump's words with g leaders.
mr. trump reaches out to north korea. he is burning bridges with top u.s. allies. some are even calling it the g 76 plus 1 after his hostile trade talks in paris. a trade war with europe and canada looks more and more likely. if that weren't enough, mr. trump even said russia should be readmitted to the group, despite the kremlin's role in the ukraine and election meddling. let's get reaction from europe. atika shubert joins us from berlin, nina dos santos from london and matthew shepard from russia. we saw the photo of angela merkel and other members of the g7 glaring down at donald trump. what's been the reaction to trump's treatment of his allies? >> largely supportive. check this out. that photo you mentioned is on the front page of a lot of papers here with the headline here says europe will not be intimidated. and that seems to be very much
what we're hearing here on the ground. especially as you can imagine from german diplomats. it's not a surprise anymore that president trump would react this way, but i think the fact that he signed that g7 communique and went back on it pulling the u.s. out still came as something of a shock to many people here. chancellor merkel in particular had a television interview in which she said that this was quite serious and sobering. and she said, you know, she sometimes thinks that president trump believes that there can only be winners and losers. so it's very clear that chancellor merkel at least says listen, europe needs to stand up for itself. it needs to show that it can take security into its own hands, and frankly needs to move on without president trump, even as it tries to maintain some sort of good transatlantic relations with the united states, anna. >> atika, thank you. nina, if i can now ask you, we
know that theresa may has a lot on her plate. she is under a great deal of pressure with brexit. surely the spat with the united states isn't helping. >> you can imagine the uk must be feeling in a very awkward position. in less than a year's time it's going to be leaving the european union. theresa may wasn't able to perhaps express the same degree of solidarity with her european counterparts had she otherwise had brexit not been on the cards because she also needs to curry favor with the u.s. president because she is le rest lying upon oimism to potentially sign a big deal that could replace some of the trade the u.s. could lose when it leaves the european union. that's why theresa may stuck to number 10 downing street a more conciliatory tone with the u.s., despite the embarrassment at the g7, she will still be hosting him next month for his visit to the united kingdom. apparently according to number 10, she managed to go through the specifics in the program with him at the g7 on the
sidelines. but there must be some embarrassment too because her own principle private secretary peter hill had a hand in drafting the very communique that was then shredded after he originally agreed to it on the sidelines of the g7. and there is some real concerns here that donald trump may well be a very difficult negotiating partner when the uk does need to sit down with him for a trade deal eventually. will he stick to it if he signs it? judging by the behavior we've seen over t last 24 to 48 hours, critics say that perhaps not. anna? >> okay. nina, thank you. and matthew, i am intrigued at how russians must be reading this whole situation, particularly with trump saying that he wants russia back to reform the g8. at war with his allies but very friendly with his traditional foes. >> that right. and i think on one level, it's
music to the ears of the kremlin to hear president trump, again, the leader of the united states talk so positively about russia, because they want the sanctions against them lifted. they want to be back at the top table of international diplomacy. but what we've heard from the russians is something very different. they've sort of poured skepticism on the suggestion they should be brought back into that group of industrialized nations to reform the goodg8. putin said that he was very satisfied with the fact he was in a chinese-led forum now, which he described as being more important than the g7. and so it's partly driven, that reaction, by skepticism on the part of the russians that president trump can't really deliver on what he promises. remember, he promised to turn the relationship around between washington and moscow, but in fact it's become much worse and sanctions have been ratcheted up. but it's also partly an
acknowledgment and understanding on the part of russia that there is no other support amongst the other g7 allies for russia being brought back in from the cold into that group. there has been no progress on crimea, the reason for which it was kicked out of the group in the first place. but there has bee that whole ho as well that has been laid at the feet of russia, the poisoning of the skripals in britain, the meddling in the u.s. election, the do you think of the civilian airliner. i think the russians acknowledge that readmittance is a long way away. >> matthew chance in moscow, nina dos santos in london, and atika shubert in berlin, many thanks for joining us. kim jong-un does not speak to reporters or use social media. we'll dig into north korea and what it tells us. that's coming up after the break.
for the slightest hint of kim jong-un's intention, a stark contrast from the u.s. president who seems eager to tweet his every thought. >> if you want to know what president trump wants from kim jong-un on tuesday, he'll tell you. >> this is the whole key to what we're doing on denuclearization. >> reporter: or he'll tweet it. but north korea's supreme leader doesn't stop for journalists or use social media. so to get a sense of what kim jong-un is thinking, the best bet is to look at what his government is telling its people. propaganda sets the tone for the entire country, and the message is changing. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: i've been to north
korea almost 20 times, and i can tell you, people there have always treated me with respect. but for more than 60 years since the brutal korean war, america has been public enemy number one, a narrative constantly reinforced by the north korean government. >> what if i told you i'm an american. do you want the shoot me too? >> translator: yes, yes. >> reporter: north koreans have almost no internet access. state broadcasters don't run all day, even if there is enough electricity to turn on the tv. so that makes posters like these a highly effective way for the government to communicate, and the best way for us to track pyongyang's priorities. this year, as kim jong-un has been on a diplomatic charm offensive, government propaganda has lightened up, a lot. posters like these are popping up in pyongyang, telling people to believe in a newfound peace
on the korean peninsula. the colors have meaning too. blue and green indicating peace, harmony, integrity. the gold stands for prosperity and glory. these new don't fre any red or black, the colors of war and aggression used on posters like the ones i saw all over north korea last year. i've had the chance to ask north koreans what they think. with government guides always nearby, their answers always seem to echo state propaganda. so if you're wondering whether north koreans will change their minds about americans after kim meets trump in singapore, look for propaganda that paints olden mys in an entirely new light. will ripley, c. >> thank you so much for your company. i'm anna coren live from seoul. >> i'm john vause in los angeles. for viewers in the united states, "early start" up is up
one-time shot and i think it's going to work out. >> an optimistic president trump as he prepares to make history. can the self-proclaimed deal maker bring peace to the korean peninsula? we are live in singapore. and president trump digging in his heels and crossing his arms on trade after a rocky weekend at the g7. why he is isolated himself from u.s. allies and how the world is reacting. boy did that photo speak