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this is a very big vertical merger and if he's gone too far the opinion may be susceptible to appeal. >> thank you for your time. that is it for "the lead." i turn you oif to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, trust but not verified. president trump heads home from the summit with kim jong-un saying he trusts the north korean dictator. but why is he relying on kim's vague promise to denuclearize when north korea has repeatedly broken its promises. very provocative. the president shocked south korea by announcing a halt to u.s. military exercises that the u.s. has conducted with seoul for decades. did the commander-in-chief under cut a key ally and america's security by stopping what he called very provocative war games. motivated by fear. despite kim jong-un's atrocities, president trump said his country loves him. the president may be impressed
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by north koreans display of enthusiasm, but human rights experts say those crowds know the alternatives are prison camps and execution squads. and merger approved. a federal judge rules in favor of the landmark merger between at&t andearner. cnn's corporate parent that the government sought to block the move and how will it respond. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room". >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. president trump is heading home from the historic meeting with north korean's kim jong-un. but while he's being applauded for the big first step, there are serious questions about just what he's returning with. the president repeadly praised a brutal dictator and stunned south korea by giving up joint military exercises in exchange for a vague promise from kim to denuclearize. there is skepticism on both
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sides of the aisle about the path forward. i'll speak with senator ben cardin of the senate foreign relations committee and our correspondents and specialists are standing by with full coverage. first let's go straight to our senior white house correspondent pamela brown. pamela, as the president heads home from singapore, what happens next. >> reporter: president trump is sending out the secretary of state mike pompeo to meet with key u.s. allies to iron out details and to continue negotiations on the heels of the summit. and the signed pact that was short on details with no timetable and really no verification of denuclearization raising the question of whether the president gave away more >> chairman kim and i just signed a joints statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> reporter: tonight president trump displaying confidence after his historic meetings with north korean dictator kim
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jong-un. the first between a leader of the united states and north korea. >> great. a fantastic meeting. a lot of progress. really very positive. i thinket anybodycould have exp. of the line. >> reporter: the pair acting like new best friends. repeatedly shaking h exchanging pleasantries. >> really he's got a great personality. he's a -- he's a funny guy. he's a very smart guy. he's a great negotiator. he loves his peopl not that i'm surprised by that. >> reporter: the president praising a dictator responsible for killing his own uncle and half brother and imprisoning thousands of his own people for decent and detaining american tizens and responsible for the detention and death of american college student otto warmbier. >> i really think that otto is someone who did not die in vain. i told them to his parents. especially young man and i have to say special parents.
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special people. otto did not die in vain. he had a lot to do with us being here today. >> at one point trump complimenting the brutal way kim has run north korea since taking power. >> he's very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years o is able to run it and run it tough -- >> reporter: trump declaring the talks a success and announcing that kim agreed to begin dismantling his nuclear program in >> i gave up nothing. i'm here. >> reporter: but the u.s. did agree to stop running joint military readiness drills with the south koreans. something the north has long wanted. trump called them war games an provocative. >> i'm doing something that i've wanted too fro beginning. wlaying t games that cost us a fortune. >> reporter: as the exercises come to a halt, the u.s. will have to trust that the north koreans are committed to denuclearization. >> think he wants to get it done. >> reporter: trump saying he
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does trust him. >> i believe he wants to get it done. >> yrust him? >> i do trust him, yeah. i think he trusts me and i trust him. >> reporter: ability the president acknowledging that while past deals with the regime have failed, this time is different. >> this isn't the past. this isn't another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done. this i a much differentde. his is much differepresident in. it is very important to me. >> and waiving off concerns he's favoring america's enemies over allies following discord at the g7 this week. however he did call out canadian prime minister justin trudeau for criticizing u.s. tariffs. calling him, quote, obnoxious. >> i actually like justin. i think he's good. i like him. but he shouldn't have done that. that was a mistake. that will cost him a lot money. >> reporter: so with this concession of ending the joint exercises on the korean peninsula, the president did stop short of saying that he would withdraw u.s. troops from
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south korea and we'll have to see, wolf, only time will tell whether president trump will be able to avoid repeating history with a rogue regime that is known to cheat the system. wolf. >> pamela, thank you. pamela brown at the white house. will ripley has made 1 trips to north korea, gaining extraordinary access to kim jong-un's regime. he's joining us now live from singapore. will, he returns with a big boast in his prestige and praise from the president of the united states and a halt to u.s.-south korean military exercises. is he the winner? >> well, a lot of people would argue that. especially considering the fact that essentially the maximum pressure campaign has now reached its peak. we know that china and russia are looking at the loosening of sanctions on northea. malaysia is n looking to restore formal diplomatic ties. so even if the united states doesn't offer the immediate sanctions relief, kim jong-un could see some financial benefit not to mention the fact this
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deal doesn't have specifics about denuclearization in terms of a time line, verification, those key points that had been so important to the united states, but are not included in this current deal. and yet he goes back like you mentioned with the prestige and the images that we expect to be released in the north korean state media standing side by side with the u.s. president and the north korean flag flying alongside the american flag and the two countries being presented as equals which certainly elevated kim jong-un domesticalnd internationally. >> how is the north korean media -- the state-run media covering all of this? >> so i'm wng to see the copy of this morning of the leading state-run newspaper in north korea. there was no mention on the television bullets yesterday about the summit. the newspaper did show kim jong-un taking that sightseeing tour here in singapore. the marina bay sands and the bridge and sights around the city and taking a look at how a country with an author tearun
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government like his was able to grow the economy which is something that kim jong-un wants to do. but it more complex because they are pledging to eventually denuclearize and the north koreans have been told for decades that building a nuclear force gives their country power against the united st. so the messaging is very careful. how do you portray kim jong-un standing side by side with president trump, someone they've called a senile old dotard and they hate with all of their ven em in their heart and then to turn around and he and kim jong-un are standing together and will they show pictures of them smiling or them patting each other on the back. i'm sure those are all tough questions the north korean propaganda officials have been deliberating and we'll see what they decide to present to the 25 million people who don't have access to any other information. >> what kind of impression, will, has kim jong-un made on the world stage?
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>> well you look at public opinion polls in south korea that have sky rocketed after seeing kim jong-un presenting himself as a statesman. joking and smiling and shaking hands and really do everything leaders in front of the cama looking calm and relaxed and a different image from the one he had for many of his time us to a few months ago. six years in power considered a recluse and a brutal dictator, called all of these things. they call it the hermit kingdom and from hermit to statesman and obviously you talk to people concerned about human rights and what it is like to live in the country if you don't follow the rules of the society to the tee, the number one rule being loyalty to kim jong-un and they will say there is a different side of kim jong-un than smiling statesman that we saw here in singapore. >> will ripley reporting from singapore. thank you very much. joining us now, senator ben cardin of maryland.
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he's a key member of the senate foreign relations committee. what is your analysis of this agreement signed by the president of the united states and the leader of north korea. >> wolf, first, it is good to be with you. and we want to see diplomacy succeed. that is the only safe way to deal with the nuclear problem on the korean peninsula. the president's communique from singapore is very short on details. the united states did make two major concessions. we gave kim jong-un an international platform with the president of the united states with our allies in the region. and now it looks like also that some of the other countries will ease sanctions against north korea and yet nothing specific was gained from the point of view of specific steps taken by north korea to give us first the inventory of their complete nuclear program and inclu the missile program, the inspectors coming in and
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verifying where they are today and a plan to dismantle. so there is still a long way to go and i think we'll be judged by whether he could get to the next step and see action by north korea recognized that the government before has made commitments and not lived up to the commitments. >> if the north koreans don't take steps toward denuclearizing couldn't they quickly resume th moment? >> well certainly we can resume the military exercises and that could be done but the challenge that we've heard now is that china may ease economic relations with north korea and countries think that since kim jong-un met with the president of the united states, it is okay to do business with north korea. we would hope that the sanctions would remain very, very much in place until we see concrete action. so for north korea -- they haven't done one earthly thing to dismantle the programs an we
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need to have in place a plan to perm fentsly -- permanently end the nuclear programs and if they try we have time to react. we also need to deal with the non-nuclear issues such as human rights violations if we'll have a normal relationship with north korea. >> as you know, the president is facing some criticism for not forcefully enough pushing kim jong-un on these human rights issues. but the president said the immediate focus was on the nuclear issue preventing a nuclear war that could kill hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. was that the right call? >> well, wolf, we'll wait to see whether he can achieve that objective. but it is clear when you start saying these nice things about kim jong-un, president trump saying that those matters -- when you are dealing with a despot and a person that killed his own people and it is recognized this person is brutal to his own people and that could be part of the negotiation.
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we have to be mindful it is not the end of the changes in north korea. >> and the president as you know, senator, he's been reluctant to keep up the sanctions pure on north korea during the run-up to yesterda summit to move up e sa sanctions but now that the meeting is over, do you think it is time for congrs to push for more sanctions. >> well congress has already done. >> that we have a bipartisan vote for stronger sanctions against north kore so the president has all of the tools he needs to ratchet up the sanctions and if he wants to do that, but the challenge is to get our international parrs in go to a go -- to go along with this. we've heard suggestions by russia and china the united nations should ease up some of its sanctions. i would hope there are no concessions until there are concrete steps taken by north korea. and we know the president has done certain things and we'll see whether that works and gets
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north korea to act or was it just -- just talk on north korea and they don't intend to give up their nuclear weapons. we have to test that. we have to find out whether they are really sincere in moving forward. there is a -- the past track record doesn't give you a lot of confidence. >> they did release three american detainees and since last november they've suspended the nuclear testing and ballistic missile testing. those were seen as steps in the right direction, right? >> oh, absolutely. and the fact that we're -- we're talking, the fachat we're using diplomacy is a positive step. we want to see diplomacy succeed but it won't if kim jong-un thinksco keep his nuclear weapons ab get all of the concessions going his way. you got to negotiate a tough arrangement and at the end of the day, you have to recognize who you are dealing with. >> senator lindsey graham said he wants congress to vote on a new authorization bill for the use of military force in case diplomatic efforts with north korea fail. is that the right move?
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>> i want to diplomacy succeed and i think the way diplomacy succeed let's see if we could get a listing of the nuclearrogr and venue and inspectors and concentrate on the aftermath of the summit and try to get action by north korea so that we can pursue diplomacy. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. still ahead, as the president heads home from the summit, he's touting it as a big su success but did he give away too much on the first encounter with kim jong-un. and coming up, breaking news a judge here in washington rules in favor of the at&t-time warner merger.
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>>breaking news. within the past hour a federal judge here in washington ruled there favor of at&t's merger with time warner, the parent company of cnn. the justice department tried to block the $85 billion deal after a six-week trial and the judge our correspondent can move jessica schneider was in the courtroom when the decision was read and joining us live. so walk us through this ruling. >> reporter: well, wolf, it was quite striking. judge richard leon sat on his -- in his courtroom bench and read for 30 minutes from his 200-page opinion. basically in sum and substance striking down the government's argument point by point saying that the government failed to prove that this acquisition of time warner by at&t would substantially lessen competition and this judge saying that this merger should go through.
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so at the end of that, in fact, the judge not only went that far to say the merger did not violate anti-trust, but he also warned the government, he said to the government, think twice here before trying to get a stay of my order and also think twice about moving forward with any appeals. because the judge said he did not want believe that any appeal in this case would succeed and in fact the judge saying here this t would be manifestly unjust for the government to ask him to put his ruling on hold and he also said that he hopes that the government has the wisdom and the courage not to seek a stay in this case. but of course, immediately following this ruling and this s spn-this opinion, the department of justice and the anti-trust chief firing back saying they will closely review the statement -- i'm sorry, the decision and they are disappointed and they said that they would carefully consider next steps. so not indicating one way or the other whether or not they may appeal. and of course at&t is saying
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that they applaud this ka categorical rejection by the judge in this case and they plan to move forward with this $85 billion deal. they said they plan to close this merger by june 20th. of course, all of this time the clock has been ticking. there is a june 21st merger deadline at which -- at which point either of these companies could walk away from this deal. that is why that decision came down today from judge leon. we will see, wolf, what the government does here and what has been a point by point by point takedown of the entire case. wolf. >> jessica schneider, thank you very much. good reporting. let's bring in brian stelter and cnn chief legal analyst and jeffrey toobin and you were in the courtroom during that half hour presentation and i take it was dramatic. what is your takeaway. >> it was an extraordinary scene and district court opinions are handed out and no such ceremony. here the judge locked the courtroom, said no one could
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leave until he was finished talking and he knew that this information had the power to move markets so he did it after the stock market had closed and wanted everybody to get the news at the same time. the real issue is what does this mean for consumers. that is what this was really a fight about. the justice department said if at&t is allowed to buy time warner, our parent company, it will be higher costs for consumers. that time warner and at&t will jack up the price of hbo to other cable companies to comcast and what not and consumers will be hurt. the judge said that -- there was no evidence to support that. in fact, the lawyers for time warner said -- and for at&t said we're doing this because we want more competition. because we recognize that it is not just comcast that cable networks are competing against, it is now facebook and it is amazon and it is now google. the market place is a lot
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bigger. and basically the judge sided with the idea that in the current free for all with all of the different entities competing with each other, this merger allowed both at&t and time warner to give more choice to consumers and ultimately lead to lower prices, not higher prices. >> what would it mean, bri if the government decides to go ahead and appeal this decision? >> that could cause more months of legal drama. but at&t and time warner still plai plan to come together. they are saying this time next week the deal will take effect. and that means cnn and other time warner channels will be owned by at&t within the coming week. an then town halls and announcents and things like that tong the companies together. if there is an appeals process and eventually the government comes out ahead, it is hard to unscramble eggs but it would be an attempt to bring the companies back apart but at&t is moving forward with the belief this is a clear win in court and
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i'm told that at&t and ceo raall stevenson who was watching this from the headquarters in dallas, this is a crowning achievement for him. he's been trying to get this done for almost two years because he believes at&t needs to compete with facebook, with netflix, with google, as jeffrey was just saying. i think this announcement by the judge lends more credence to the suspicion that somehow, some way president trump had something to do with the doj action here. this was a strange move by the doj to try to block this media merger and it was a surprise at the time. there was suspicion and theory that somehow trump disdain for cnn was a factor. as jeffy well knows, thisl was not proof but it was a widely held suspicion and a cloud over the entire case. even though it didn't come up in court, but it was talked about everywhere else. so now you have a neutral party and a judge saying there was no reason for the doj to -- to bring this case, it just brings me to back around to the idea
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that maybe trump somehow had something to do with it. >> wolf, could i jump in. there is one issue left in this case and that is whether there district court judge, judge leon said, i'm not issuing a stay because this deal blows up. if there is a stay, it kills the deal. so what the justice department has to decide is will they go to the appeals court, the united states court of appeals for the d.c. circuit and ask those judges to impose a stay. if there is no stay, this deal will close next week. but t only outstanding issue iser department of justice seeks and obtains a stay anderwise this mergerl happen. >> brian, what does this mean for the larger media landscape? >> well this is one of the biggest media and telecom deals of all time and it means there will be other deals and consolidation moves as a domino and ripple effect. the first will be comcast.
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comcast which owns nbc and a big cable provider. it would like to make a bid for rupert murd dock assets and dooirz is trying to buy the assetshe fox studio and within days comcast will go ahead now that it looked to the judge's ruling and believes it has firm ground it will go ahead and bid for the fox assets and we'll probably see other consolidation, not just in media but in other industries. and that is why this is one of the most important moments for american business in many years. >> good point, thank you very much. coming up, presiderump heads home from his summit with kim jong-un. where he anned a halt to u.s. military exercises with south korea. did he give away too much? ♪ ♪ adapt supply chains based on trends, tweets and storms. and make adjustments on the fly. ♪ the ibm cloud. the cloud for smarter business.
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but what we do know, is that there were clear winners here. russia and china won out after the summit because united states announced we would be rolling back our military operations in the region, that is a goal of russia and china and that we would engage in the diplomatic process further. again, something that russia and china have advocated for. at the same time, this agreement to me sent a seismic disruptive signal around the world to want to be dictators and proliferators about how to get america's attention and push the envelope right up to the brink of destruction and all of a sudden you find yourself at a summit taking selfies an getting concessions from the united states. >> phil mudd, what is your analysis of the agreement? >> what agreement, wolf? they agreed to talk about talking. it is like me telling my mom back in grade school, i'm going to do better next semmestter and that meant nothing. that said, i think this is very significant for a couple of reasons. numberone, look at where we
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were six months ago. yes or no, is therore or greater or lesser likelihood of an accidental confrontationeen north korea than six months ago. for that reason alone i would say it is worth the gamble, even though i give the prospects of success hers than 20%. second, the secretary of state is a serious guy in terms of detail and ways the president is not. the secretary of state is on a timeline. the language that nobody is paying attention to is the president saying this will happen very, very fast. my recollection is saddam useain which happened very, very slow and eventually never. so we're on a time class with the secretary of state but if you look at what happened over the past couple of days, it is people talking about talking. you didn't see much happening beyond taking down the temperature and committing to future conversations. >> gloria, the president seemed in the days up to the meeting lowering expectations. and now that you've seen the final deal, was it the right call? >> sure it was right call but in
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the final deal and his press conferences, the president seemed to be raising expectations once this vague deal was complete. he was talking about his special bond with kim jong-un. he talked about how they were sort of intent -- that together they could make history. and i think what you saw coming out of this was a president trying to say, this is great, this is amazing, but what you had in fact was something that was incomplete and unverifiable and you had confusion. you had confusion on capitol hill about what this really meant, you had confusion about whether we were in fact going to stop exercises or so-called war games. you saw the vice president trying to talk to senate republicans and the republicans leaving confused about what would actually occur. so while the president may have tried to down play it before, after the session was over he
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was saying this is fabulous and we're going to -- t something great and everybody else is left scratching their heads. >> sabrina, what do you make of the optics of the summit. they spent five hours together and they seem to be -- at least from the outside, pretty friendly. >> there is a greet deal of camaraderie but one of the prevailing concerns from the outset of the negotiations is whether or not this will amount to an unprecedented photo op. but it is historic where a sitting u.s. president to meet face-to-face with the leader of noh korea. but it certainly is worth reinforcing this is not the first administration to engage in negotiations and walk away with vague assurances of denuclearization so the question moving forward is what will set this perspective deal apart from that of president trump's predecessor and what does a verification process look like if north korea is serious about
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dismantling and surrendering nuclear weapons because without securing any tangible concessions there is a real risk of this administration legitimizing one of the most oppressing regimes in the world. >> should the president be more forceful on the issue of human rights. saying, priority number one is avoiding a nuclear war. >> but face-to-face meetings are the opportunity to raise contentious issues. i saw president obama do this with president putin on syria and ukraine and the president of china on issues liekt intellectual prope theft and if you don't raise it face-to-face the chances of raising it down the road are lower and i bring evedy back to secretary mike pompeo speech about the iranian nuclear deal where he said that the united states would advocate tirelessly for the human rights of the iranian people. so the double standard here between the president's approach on north korean human rights and iran human rights is glaring.
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we have to be consistent. >> and that video that the president showed of kim jong-un a four-minute video showing how great things could be in north korea if in fact they worked a denuclearization of the korean peninsula. i see you smiling already, phil. >> yeah, look, i think we need to understand this clearly. dictators want to stay in power. and there is two messages i think that video offers about power. number one, let's be under no illusions here, if there is development in north korea, kim jong-un's family will make a ton of money. the corruption will be incredible. number two, if you are a dictator and you see what is happening in places like egypt and opportunityeesha, maybe just for self preservation not because you are a nice guy and you say if i get a little development and a little food in the mouths of my people and maybe the prospect that i could pass the dictatorship on is higher. i didn't view that video of a sign we think great democracy is coming to north korea and i saw it as a sign that kim jong-un's
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family said i could make a ton of cash. >> and stick around. more news and getting the pentagon reaction to one of the biggest surprises of the prit, ident trump wants to end the regular military exercises with south korea that have been going on for decades.
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one of the most important changes out of the summit with north korea is the president's announcement that he intended to
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halt the regular u.s.-south korea military exercises that have been going on for decades. let's bring there our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. the pentagon had been planning for the next set of war games as the president calls them in august. so what is the reaction where you are? was this a surprise? reporter: well theentagon said that defense secretary james mattis was aware of the decision and was not surprised importantly the pentagon officially will not say whether he supported it in advance of it being announced. that exercise in august -- we have to see right now, the p pentagon will review all exercises and try to get more guidance on the white house of what they want canceled and what type ofises might go forward. why is this so important? the 28,000 u.s. troops stationed on the peninsula and the troops that come in and out and they are there to demonstrate a deterrence and quickly flow no
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the regi -- flow into the region to be defense in any possible aggression and be a forward-deployed presence of military forces. whether it is more expensive to keep them there or withdraw them, the president concerned about the expense would be something that would remaino be seen. but right now we've come out of this summit still with so many questions and this is one of the big wunz, what exactly does president trump want to have happen next? >> i'm curious, the president said it is not in the agreement but kim jong-un agreed to destroy --t was described as a missile engine testing site. how big of a step is that? >> reporter: well it depends on what missile testing site it is. there is some commercial imagery on the web showing potentially the north koreans working at a missile test site and dismantling some part of. it but right now the u.s. intelligence community will tell you even as they look at this imagery and of
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course the tunnels that were destroyed and we saw the big explosions at the entrance. so far they seeing no that adds up to irreversible denuclearization and that is what the u.s. wants north korea to engage in. a action not reversed in the future and so far that has not happened. during the summit meeting, president trump shows kim jong-un a video envisioning an open and prosperous north korea filled with factories and really wants. this the future and why loosening his grip on north korea could be the end of line for the kim dynasty. i'm 85 years old in a job where. i have to weariant hot dog suit. what? where's that coming from? i don't know. i started my 401k early, i diversified... i'm not a big spender. sounds like you're doing a lot. but i still feel like i'm not gonna have enough for retirement. like there's something else i should be doing.
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during his meeting with president trump, kim jong-un declared the united states and north korea will leave the past behind and the world will see a major change. how much change is the north korean dictator willing to allow? brian todd has been working his sources for us. what are you hearing? reporter: when he was asked today whether meeting with kim jong-un would be a betrayal of the 125,000 plus people held in north korean prison camps, president trump said those people could end up being winners in the process. tonight we're told it's unlikely kim will release those prisoners and unlikely that he will let in the kind of western investment that the president has dangled as a reward for a nuclear deal.
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>> a new world can begin today. >> reporter: this slickly produced movie trailer was designed to show kim jong-un what's possible for north korea if kim gets rid of all his nuclear weapons. >> what will he choose? to show vision and leadership? or not? >> reporter: the video which trump showed to kim portrays western investment, new ra factories, resorts. >> they have great beaches. you see that whenever they are exploding their cannons into the ocean. look at that. wouldn't that make a great condo? >> reporter: experts warn while kim would want more cash coming into the country, he knows if he opens north korea up to western investment it could spell doom. >> it's like opening the window of a submarine underwater to get fresh air. the north koreans know that that is the beginning of their undoing. >> reporter: letting western companies like mcdonald's come
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in analysts say means letting more information into north korea. something the paranoii paranoid doesn't want. they believe their country is superior. >> when the information and choices and money flows into the pockets of north koreans and they realize they are living in a hell on earth, not the paradise they were told, it is chaos. >> reporter: which could lead to kim's assassination and the destruction of his regime. that's a risk president trump could be misunderstanding when talking about how north koreans feel about their supreme leader. >> his country does love him. his people you see they have a great fervor. >> reporter: that's forced. human rights monitors say the north koreans clapping for kim at rallies, crying with joy in
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his presence, know what happens if they don't. >> if you don't clap or adore him, you are pulled out of the crowd and replaced with somebody else. punished. eporter: it's not just people pulled out of crowds. kim deals with anyone who crosses him harshly. >> all prisoners, inr political prisoners, are suggested to a relentless, vicious cycle of forced labor and induced malnutrition, public executions, secret executions, torture. >> reporter: experts say that's what kim uses to maintain control. and it's his desire to maintain that control that could ultimately scuttle any nuclear deal. most analysts do give president trump credit for raising the issue of human rights with kim jong-un. they say if kim does release just a few prisoners or let's just a little western investment come into north korea, it will be a better situation than it was before. they say any western companies that do come into north korea like a mcdonald's or starbucks here or there are likely only
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going to be accessible to the north korean elite who a close to kim jong-un. at least at the outset. >> brian todd reporting for us. coming up, how president trump is on his way home from the summit with kim jong-un sang he trusts the north korean dictator. is kim's vague promise to denuclearize enough to warrant calling off u.s. military drills with south korea?
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