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the western alliance which we've pended on. >> calibration is king. the president could be upset with trudeau trudeau and pick up the phone and say he is disappointed. the president could have a summit with kim jong-un and not serve him haagen-dazs. it's all about calibration. >> that's it for us tonight. see you tomorrow. our live coverage of the trump/kim summit continues with andrew cuomo and anderson cooper who's live in singapore. >> welcome to a scial edition of primetime on an absolutely remarkable day. it is midnight in new york city and noon in singapore. right now president trump and kim jong-un are attending a working lunch together after this historic handshake that you see right now. the first ever between a sitting u.s. president and the head of the north korean rogue regime. all of this just started minutes ago in terms of this working lunch, the policy, the grind of seeing what will come of this
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moment because this has all been pomp and circumstance to this point. we first witnessed them meeting face to face three hours ago at a hotel on sentosa island. a warm handshake, smiles, pats on the back from president trump, very cordial. then president trump told reporters he expected the summit toess. take a listen. >> i feel really great. we had a great discussion. and i think tremendous success. we'll be tremendously successful. it's my honor and you will have a terrific relationship, i have no doubt. >> you hear the president and the press with all the clicks. they just got a moment to ge a peek in there in the second there was a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders and just their interpreters that went on for 35, 40 minutes. what happened in that room? the question is will we ever know? the bigger question, where do we go from here?
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let's start with jim sciutto in singapore. we witnessed history together. that is just objectively true, and how it was presented to us is important. i understand that you've been told that parody was very important to the north koreans, that they wanted to be presented as equal every step of the way, even with the flags, six of seven of each. >> that's right. they want to be treated as equals, they wanted to be face to face with the u.s. president as equals, and they wanted all the pomp and circumstance to deliver that message, six u.s. flags, six north korean flags, getting equal space on that stage behind them. they wanted it to be the same number of advisers across the table from each other. that parity means something. this is a regime that going back decades has negotiated down to the heights of flag poles behind
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negotiators in important negotiations and we saw that again today. but the key part of that, of course, is getting the face to face and a one on one with the u.s. president long sought by kim, by his father, his grandfather, long sought, never achieved. now achieved today. we don't know every word that was said inside that meeting. we may never know, but we do have reviews as it were from both of the men who were in there, donald trump as you said saying that it went very, very good, that they're going to have an excellent relationship. moments ago we heard kim jong-un use the term prelude to peace a remarkable thing to hear from a north korean leader who has directly threatened american cities with nuclear annihilation. this is just in the last few months as donald trump has threatened north korea with fire and fury but a very different message across that table today. important, though, they're going into the details now, so you got the symbolism right, the
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relationship building right, it appears. it's all going to be down to the details. and we know in a right up to the 11th hour, real debut, real back and forth over what the words are going to be in this statement. will there be a commitment to denuclearization? will there bession of inspectors going into north korea to verify denuclearization and what the true deliverables were. >> a few months ago you had little rocket man best not be messing with. that was trump vernacular, and you had the north koreans calling president trump a dotard. today pats on the back and promises. so we've gotten the glory out of the way. now it's about the grind. what comes next? >> reporter: that statement will be key.
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do they agree on the words that demonstrate what concessions they've made to each other, words to look for. is denuclearization in there. do they commitn writing to that. what does denuclearization mean to both sides, is there detail or definition of that. what is the scope of it, for north korea or the whole peninsula which would be a concession from the u.s. what is the time line? is it something we promised to do something between friends or does north korea make a hard commitment in a couple years or several months to begin to dismantling? those are the key questions. will you get any of that in a statement or will that be punted down to later negotiations. >> i think going to have to, jim. >> most likely -- >> the give to get ratio is way imbalanced right now because this is what the north has always wanted, parity, this pomp and circumstance, equal footing with the united states, respect,
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and they got it by saber rattling and threatening nuclear attacks. so now the united states has to come away with this with something. give me a quick button. >> what could that be? listen, they have to have a commitment, if it's followed through would be followed through over a great period of time with other hurdles down the line. but for president trump to call this substantively a succ you can argue it has to be more than a meet and greet because then why did you have the meet and greet if it truly is an excellent, terrific relationship as he said, what comes of that relationship? and you'll get your first indication in that written statement. >> jim sciutto, thank you so much. please, we know they're ongoing events right now, if you hear anything, get in my ear and we'll bring you right back. appreciate it. the question of what to do with north korea, this goes back so far, at least 70 years when we were dealing with what was
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happening with division on the peninsula. but now look where we are a moment that many thought would never happen. so let's get a sense of what this means to the men and women in washington. we have democratic congressmen john gar men diwith us. good to see you. that is moment many thought would never happen. on its face, is it a big win for the president already? >> well, yes, depends what happens next. this is certainly a major moment. this is extremely important among the three paths that could that's a horrible the other is simply accept the fact that they can threaten america with a nuclear weapon. that's not a good one. negotiations, that's the path we're on, that's the right path. where does it go from here remains to be seen. it will not be easy, and we must be very careful because it's not just about the united states. this is about south korea, japan, china, russia, the
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neighborhood, what comes of peace on the peninsula, do we have an armistice or a peace retreat. >> the south korean leader has been so fundamental in making this happen, and he's also a big pivot point going forward because he has his own economic considerations, his own relationship with china. let's stick with the moment for a second. i guess the biggest pushback at this point is at what price did the president get this meet and greet? he gave the north what they've always wanted, parity, respect of being on the world stage as an equal with the united states of america, and they got there by threatening nuclear capabilities, so the criticism becomes, so this is how you get america's attention? isn't this what we'll keep seeing from rogue nations? >> we're certainly going to see this kind of thing occur
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probably again.take a look at i. the iran deal has been pushed aside. iran is now talking about starting up their nuclear ambitions once again. and certainly there's no doubt that a nuclear bomb gets you respect, r-e-s-p-e-c-t. they're going to have a lf respect for h when they have a bomb and north korea does. and clearly that was a principle factor to get with their icbms that literally brought the united states to the table as well as north korea and you quite correctly said, the role of south a, president moon in this cannot be put aside. it was fundamental. >> it's interesting. first of all it's interesting you're a democrat and you agree with the president's move here. you think this was the right move to do, right? >> absolutely. the other move was war or just accept the fact that they can continue to threaten us. we had to go to negotiations. i said this more than a year ago as this thing started to blossom and here we are. will it be successful in the
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future? there is no end of the day here, but in the future, those steps we'll have to see what comes, good, hard negotiations are going to have to take place right away. to see a democrat who agrees d with something the president d more action on common . ground by you men and women otherwise we'll be stuck in this toxic finger pointing forever. so now there is what will make it a success beyond the photo ops. the aretha franklin song you are referring to is i give to you, what do you give back. north korea has gotten a lot with these photo ops. what does the united states have to get here and now for this to be a success? >> first, i would say a very clear timetable and a path with certain steps along the way that
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would be towards the denuclearization, quite probably an accounting of what they have available, the weapons they have, the facilities they have, and then simultaneously a freeze, a continuation of the freeze on the development of new bombs and continued testing of the missile systems. that would be right at the outset. there have been discussions by pompeo, a fellow i know very well having served with him on the armed services committee for five years, i don't know what he has put together, but my guess is he's put together a framework of steps that have to be taken possibly with certain time calendars associated with that. that's all good. i want to hear that. congress definitely wants to hear that. and we want to be sure the president doesn't give away what we do have on the peninsula, which is the american forces
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there that are absolutely critical to the safety of south vietnam as well as -- >> you have to believe that that is going to be on the table. north korea has such existential concern. jim clapper was on with me and he'll be on again. he said when he met with the north koreans that they had paranoia about bombers. so even if it's not about the personnel on the peninsula, that will get tricky if the north and south have peace, but the idea of bombers may be on the table, military capabilities, ships in the area. are you willing as a democrat, as a member of congress, to give on any of the u.s. capabilities in the area? >> no, not unless there's clear movement on the part of north korea to move away from its nuclear armaments, nuclear program, and from the icbms. unless that is absolutely clear, the answer is no, we should not give one inch, not one plane,
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not one tank, not one gun until such time as we have some clarity about exactly what's going to go happen a it's verifiable. keep in mind this is not the first negotiation at the highest level. this is probably the fourth negotiation at the highest level, although the principles did not sit down. and each and every time in the past, north korea just continued to hide its nuclear program and continue on its way towards multiple nuclear bombs. >> there's one factor that has changed and our source on the potential for this change is none other than dennis rodman. dennis rodman, according to jim clapper, the director of national intelligence and by all indications, the best resources when it comes to understanding the mind of kim jong-un because he's had the most in-depth conversations about this with him. and he says that this man is
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open to peace and that he wanted a meeting like this. he said it four years. he went to the obama administration and tried to get their attention and they blew him off, and now here we do you believe dennis is reckoning that kim jong-un has an open mind and an open heart when it comes to peace? can you believe that from a despot who kills his own people with regularity? >> well, he's at the table with the president. and he has his nuclear weapons, his intercontinental ballistic missles, and he's in the power of position at the moment. we have our army, air force and our own bombs. so it's a different situation now. the thing i'm curious about if dennis rodman is the guy that knows all about kim jong-un. who is the fellow that kim jong-un has in the united states and knows all about president trump? i don't know. certainly there are few of us
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that are wondering about that. nonetheless, this is important. we can look to the future here and be hopeful that out of this summit will come aed negotiations and a step down, step-by-step over the next severalths and years to move away from what has been one of th most dangerous places in the world. certainly you look at syria and iraq, those are dangerous, but you look at north and jae, this is where the big international war will start right there, and it could start at any moment. the mission of the american military in south korea is ready to fight tonigh and so it is a razor's edge every day. anything that backs that down is a good thing. >> that is a heavy consideration and we know in a recent report from the dni that they consider russia, china, and north korea to be the biggest security
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profile threats from a cyber perspe for the united states of america. before you even get to nukes or conventional weapons. hope to have more conversations with you going forward. >> look forward to it, chris. >> be well. so president trump and kim jong-un face to face. but there are concerns, even some republicans are wondering if this is the right message to other dictators, others desperate for this type of recognition. let's take that on in our great debut. rick santorum on deck next. he cy clar and relief from symptoms caused by over 200 allergens. like those from buddy. because stuffed animals are clearly no substitute for real ones. feel the clarity. and live claritin clear. ♪ ♪ ♪ raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens ♪ ♪ bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪
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we're in special coverage because we are laifg rare moment in history, the leaders of the united states and north korea have met and right now they're in a working lunch with their policy teams, hopefully banging out some meaningful steps towards denuclearization and some kind of lasting peace. what an extraordinary moment in just the last few hours. to see kim jong-un and the president of the united states joining hands. just a few months ago it was rocket man and the dotard and saber rattling and missiles being launched. seemed like every other day. now both sides expressing
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optimism about the talks. and reintroduction that nobody saw coming of dennis rodman. he said several years ago he believed the north korean dictator was open and wanted to meet. he is now in singapore and he is providing with som insight on this so-called friend for life. remember, dennis rodman may be the only american who knows kim jong-un the way he does. >> you talk about speaking wkim. does he understand or speak english? >> the only thing about him, he's more like a big kid even though he's small. he's more like a big kid, but he loves to have a good time. this morning he was taking selfies and stuffike that. and i was saying this guy wants to be around the world. he wants to come to america.
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he wants to enjoy his life. he wants his people to enjoy their lives, but the fact that he doesn't have the tools and maybe the politics of this whole ing, this is going to change lot and i hope president trump can understand that kim is trying to reach out and get to the 21st century. >> do you think he speaks or understands english? >> well, i think he understands bits and pieces. if you're talking about basketball, yes, he understands that. >> so you think it's about what he wants to talk about? do you think he studied english? >> i could say one thing. people know that kim jong-un is not a dumbman. >> look, it's never easy to get a straight answer out of dennis rodman but he was there. he has spent time with kim jong-un. as spent time with donald trump, and he was right about
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this moment eventually happening. take it for what it's worth. so there is a lot to die jest. jennifer granholm, president trump just won a second term, may get the nobel prize because of what is happening right now. >> oh, my god. >> don't you walk off the set. >> i'm walking off. no, here's what i would say. yes, the nobel prize has been a surprising factor that has loomed over his motivation here, ever since that rally where everybody was yelling nobl nobe nobel. yes, you want this to succeed. it is a good thing to be in diplomacy with north korea as long as we get something out of it, but my concern is that he wants this so much, he can taste it. and therefore, you might see
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some overselling of, a, what the deal is to the world, or some willingness to accept a softer deal than what we might otherwise think is helpful for the united states or the rest of the world. so that nobel thing, chris, i think it is looming large over this. i don't think he'll get it, but i do think it's looming large. >> i think most likely recipient at this point -- >> forget about the second term thing. >> that's the speculation that this kind of huge move abroad with a strong economy, but it's all about the ifs and but and the details. no question about that. rick, i think if they were going to give a prize for anything that comes out of this, the leader of south korea would probably be the leading candidate for it. it's amazing how he got to this point but he's the problem for the introduction for your side of this. how did we get here, by north korea saying we want to blow you up and we have nukes.
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give us our respect or else, and now here he is sharing the stage with the president of the united states. tricky message. >> it's a real problem. it's a grave concern for everybody just to see what's going on here as to how we got here. we got here through appeasement on the part of both democratic and republican administrations for quite some time, and now we have not only a nuclear north korea, but a nuclear north korea that has the missile capability to deliver the nuclear weapon to the continent of the united states. >> is this the biggest show of appeasement we've ever seen? >> they wouldn't meet with him because they weren't in a position to be a threat. now you have someone who's an actual threat. you have someone who, unlike most nuclear nations in the past, were not governed by crazy people. the russians, the chinese, the indians, pakistanis, you go down the list, they're by and large stable governmentsho were somewhat predictable in the way they would behave. here you have someone that is
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not predictable. that's the problem with iran, another regime that is unpredictable. so if we see that by not intervening in north korea, you've set up a dictator who is unpredictable in a threatening position to the u.s. iran will be another one if sto over and over again until at one point one of these crazy regimes is actually going to do something that can threaten the entire world. >> god forbid. jennifer, reading by the secretary of state's message today, there has to be some type of intervention and some type of inspections. it keeps soung sounds like the iran deal they walked away from. >> we would be lucky to get in north korea a 97% elimination of nuclear capability. we would be lucky to get that in
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north korea and iran's capabilities were not even close to being as far developed as north korea's are. to me, if we don't see out of himself pompeo have said sident that nothing short of denuclearization will suffice. as you've been pointing out on your show tonight, kim has already received a win. ita huge win for him to be on parity. >> they wanted this for generations. >> they've been wanting it forever. so if we don't walk out with this statement, with the joint statement saying that korea is committed to denuclearization with steps either in a process, maybe it's by the end of trump's first term, but whatever it is, it has to be denuclearization, verifiable irreversible, permanent. >> here's the grab. here's what i keep hearing from the other side.
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rick, if north korea says, fine, we commit to that, but on that next line put and so do you, united states, you're going to back your ships off, you're going to denuke yourself, that's going to be part of this too. if you want no nukes, then you can't have them eatither, then what? >> i can't imagine south korea would be promoting this if that wasn't something they knew north korea was going to demand. just almost implicitly you have to be open to the possibility of a denuclearized peninsula. the question is japan and how the japanese would respond to that. that's a much more complicated situation and i suspect the japanese would be less willingt maybe the south koreans would. >> well, ao -- >> and --
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>> the president saild he would wait on congress. do you think congress would agree to do yenuclearizing anywhere? >> no. but japan is part of the g-7, and this is part of the ridiculous strategy that the president engaged in this weekend, going into this meeting, i know larry kudlow on jake tapper's show, and we wish him well with his heart attack, but i know he said part of the strategy was to attack trudeau trudeau to go into this meeting feeling strong. i'm telling you, japan as part of the g-7, it's a o-front battle that the president is waging. not only does he not have his allies, he's also got an adversary on the other side. so it's america alone. what a terrible strategy. not only that, but his response was the response of someone who is so fragile, they're a
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snowflake. when you to listen what trudeau trudeau said, he was utterly calm and rational. he said things that he had been saying in the past, which was that unfortunately canada would have to retaliate if the united states places those tariffs on, which they have. to me, i'm just saying that he went into this meeting without allies and looking like a fragile snowflake, and that is a bad posture to be in. >> rick, let me give you the last word on this. do you believe that the president went up to the gulf of mexico -- that he has no set friends or aeltz or is beholden to anybody that he's a fair broker walking into the north korea summit? >> i think donald trump's attitude toward a lot of our allies is that they bilked america for bad trade deals. i'm just saying generally speaking, if you include services, that is correct.
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>> why wouldn't you? we're a service economy? >> his focus is on manufacturing goods. i'm not saying that's right, i'm just saying that's his focus. but the other aspect is that they haven't held up their end from a national security point of view, that they haven't contributed their defense as part of nato or even beyond the boundaries of nato. so that's the attitude. i'm not saying it's a good one. i've heard a lot of people criticizing him he's mean to the allies and nice o to our enemies. what he's saying is our allies have to step up and be allies and be good partners and that's why underground the reaction. as far as our enemies, donald trump was handed a situation of a nuclear north korea and is trying to do the best he can to try to obviously diffuse the situation. so i don't blame him for this meeting. i blame the failure in the past administrations, not this one. >> two things we know, one, north korea started really getting energetic and ramping it up when trump was in there.
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maybe they knew something about what he would respond to. and you can feel things, but how you express them at this level really matters, and it raises that doubt, will he say something that screws this all up and everything that we're now applauding? we'll see. rick santorum, jennifer granholm, thank you as always. in just moment we'll bring in christiane amanpour live from singapore as president trump makes friends and possibly, possibly, peace with kim jong-un. can it really happen? amanpour's take, next.
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the early reckoning of this event by going to meet with the south korean leadership about this. so she's been involved as well, but of course now it's going to be come down to the word of the supreme leader and of the president. let's see if we can hear anything. no. it's too far away and it's going through their interpreters. but the men have been in very close quarters. remember, little rocket man best not be messing with, and trump a dotard, this term of saying he's old and no longer in possession of his faculties. and now here they are, hand shakes, pats on the back, great honor to be together, terrific relationship, we're going to do great things. kim echoing those sentiments when just a few months ago it seems as though this may come to a military conclusion as likely as anything diplomatic. but now here they are, obviously there is a huge barrier of
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language. dennis rodman says he believes kim understands english in parts. but certainly not enough to conduct any business. let's listen and see if they say something now. >> a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress. i ink better than anybody could have expected. top of the line, really good. we're going right now for a signing. >> do you have any comment about denuclearization? >> we'll be announcing that in a couple minutes. >> mr. kim will you denuclearize? will you open up your prisons? >> let's get to christiane amanpour in singapore. christiane christiane, a signing? president trump needs this to be
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perceived as such in giving the north korea regime parity with him on the world stage, but he said we're off to a signing. could they have reached any substantive agreement at this point? >> we have been talking all day about a possible declaration and the signing of that. so this may be what we're talking about. not quite sure and we'll see. it's interesting to watch how this is unfolding. you saw as they walked out of those port cos, presint trump steered him right past the cameras. he was able to talk to the press. kim jong-un was not. and then they walked on. anytime these leaders meet, i see cars. they're getting into cars and going somewhere. not quite sure other what the next item on the agenda is. but this looks pretty interesting. they've had their one on one that lasted we're told about 45 minutes. they're not getting into the
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car. >> christiane, i think the the president of the united states was just showing kim his much-celebrated special cadillac. that's the president's special car they call the beast and it seemed like he was letting him check out his car. >> could be. could have been. could have been. unclear, but you may absolutely be right. obviously the body language has been a great deal of focus has been put on that. it's been very equal in terms of equal patting on shoulders, patting on arms and all the flags, the number of flags, where they sat, where they spoke, how they met. do you remember when they first came out to shake hands and there had been some talk before that the more senior leader would be in the room first and then the more relatively junior one would meet. they came out exactly at the same time, shook hands. >> right. >> so apparently the north koreans are keen on this kind of
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parity and to be treated as equals. for kim jong-un, he's done a total 360 in the space of several months. he's gone from international pariah to international statesman. he's gone from the madman of the hermit kingdom to the m who is able to summon a summit with the the president of the united states having already laid the groundwork with the president of south korea and having just presented himself as somebody who is able to almost flip on a dime. >> so let's bring in jim clapper. this is fairly extraordinary. i am no stranger to the fact sometimes in these live events we can hype simple moments, but i'm pretty sure these two guys just went to check out one of their own cars. >> that's what it looked like. >> certainly kim wasn't going to get into the president's vehicle and go somewhere. is that the kind of gesture that you would have at this level
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just to relate on a human level? >> absolutely. i'd go back to dennis rodman's wisdom about kim jong-un's interest in things american. it doesn't surprise me a bit and i thought that was a great gesture to show him the very unique vehicle that the president rides in. >> this seems to be a little bit of an ad hock moment here. they seem to be discussing what's going to happen next. bolton's face keeps popping up on the left side of the screen. now the two sides are separating again. the mood seems very light. they were supposedly going to a signing, but they are now walking in opposite direction. the president entered a room, kim walking away. so do you think that means that they already did sign or we would have seen it? was that a little getting ahead of the ball? >> hardo tell. it will be interesting to see if there's some sort of joint
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declaration, joint release, joint public statement. we'll be parsing the wording of that until the cows come home, but seems to me that's the next step here. >> does this seem a little bit more random and unscheduled than other events of its kind? >> if y think both the principl are given to doing things extemporaneously, both of them. and i think orchestration has welly on both of their free parts. >> christiane, you were saying this sitting could be a declaration of intentions. we've seen plenty of those, which isn't a promise to do anything, but it's a promise to promise to do things. what do we expect next in this
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summit? >> to be honest, we actually have never seen a declaration signed by both presidents, both leaders. >> true. we haven't seen anything by both leaders. >> right,. the analysis basically is what can one expect? it would be very good according to experts if the u.s. could get out of this meeting a pledge that the north koreans would admit and tell them about their nuclear stock piles, about their missiles,lare them and promise to allow them to be verified. if they can get them to continue what they're doing right now, which is freeze on the intercontinental ballistic missiles tests, freeze on their nuclear weapons tests, but not just for now, for the entire duration of the negotiators continuing their work on the final status settlement. so those would be good things i'm told by experts.
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i also wonder whether dni clapper -- this is an amazing moment, but it is a little bit nixon goes to china. he is a republican president. the republicans are not going to criticize him where they may have crucified a democrat for doing the same thing. this is an important moment to grab the initiative to see whether it can actually pay off down the road. but there needs to be a minimum gotten out of kim jong-un at this summit where he is transformed himself on the international stage and already won a major victory. >> christiane makes a good point. they did crush obama for saying held meet with december pots without conditions. but that could be what's happening right now. is a pledge to freeze and let us see what you have, is that enough? >> well, that would be huge if the north koreans actually do that. and the question i would have
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is, what are we going to offer them in return. >> if trump were to say we gave you this meeting, you have all , now you give. , that's what we >> yeah but if you're sitting in kim jong-un's shoes, he's talking about the survival of their country. certainly when i engage with the north koreans, this is some years ago, their nuclear capability they felt was their ticket to survival. they made that very clear to me. i don't think just getting a meeting, at least miami mind, i would be surprised if they did that without some sort of concession or agreement on our part about what it is we're going to do so they don't have to depend on nuclear weapons for their security. the other factor, chris, i do want to point out, kim jong-un also has a domestic audience. it's instilled in their people
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to hate and fear the united states of america and now they've had this sunday turnabout. so he has to convey to his domestic audience what is it that north k is going to gain if we give up a capability that we've struggled for decades to achieve. >>ut it will be very interesting to see what comes out of this for the united from the north korean perspective, you have to be happy with this. but republicans and conservatives have been very damning of any type of light treatment of despots, certainly during the obama administration. what will they get on paper? it's a big moment in history, no question about it. jim clapper, thank youo much for helping us understand this. this is a big deal just because this happened at all. let's take a break. when we come back, we're going
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today! welcome back to "prime time." we're doing special coverage here. what a might we have seen. minutes ago we heard from the president saying things are going quote better than anybody could have expected. top of the line. and that he and kim are headed to a signing. then, they wound up going in different directions after the president apparently showed kim jong un his car. let's take a listen to the sound. >> really fantastic meeting. a lot of progress. really very positive. better than anybody could have expected. top of the line. really good. >> we're going right now for a signing. >> we don't know. the substance matters. not just from a peace
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perspective but a political one. the president's party here in the united states would have crushed obama for doing something like this. they went after him in damming fashion for his lighter assessment of dealing with despot without precondition. here we are. trump will have to bring home something more than a photo op. we have a lot of day left in singapore. so let's bring in will riply. on the scene there. will, signing but then check out the beast? the the president's cadillac. and walk in different directions. what is signing mean on the ground >> we know there were eleventh hour meetings here yesterday. low lower level meetings. working towards a joint statement. some kind of agreement that could come out at the end of the summit. they had difficulty getting there. because of the vastly different definitions of denuclearization.
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then, everything could wrap up quickly. they announce the change to the schedule. both departing hours earlier from singapore than originally planned. it seems they were able to come to an agreement. and whatever they're signing obviously the discussion went well. i can tell you i was chatting with north korean officials over the weekend saying there was no option on their end for this not to go well. so they were expecting this to go well. they went in prepared and knew exactly what to say to trump. >> remember, from their perspective it has gone well. just having parody. look at the north korean flags next to the american flag. whoever thought we would see that. 's interesting on social media people are saying they weren't looking at a car: it was something else. we showed you the video again. they were trying to find ways to bond in a personal human way. what's more natural for guys to
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which can out a car. as simple as it sounds. here it is again. the beast. the special motorcade car. cheg checking out the inside and they walk away. optics are a big part. there is an audience back home for each of the men. how much is being reported in th north korea? >> they reported about this summit before it actually happened. they filed a couple different reports and mentioned kim jong un was coming to singapore. and talked about the sightseeing tour. here around singapore. at this moment inside north korea, people are in the dark. because state tv is still on color bar. it doesn't come on the air until 3:00 in the afternoon. two hours from right now. so we don't know if at 3:00 p.m. the seen dwror news reader who we always see will come on with
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an announcement and video. and photographs. he has a small army of photographs following him around. or the bull ten will come later in the day. we have seen north korea be transparent about this summit. and again i was saying i think the reason they were reporting about it ahead of time is they were confident this would go well. as you mention it really already has gone well from the north yee perspective. regardless of what the joint statement says. we have another hour of "prime ti coming your way. including our interview with dennis rodman. the man who knows president trump and dkim jong un. you have to hear what he has to say. that's next.
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