My memories offer a blunt reminder of the Kim dynasty's long history of erratic behavior which should temper any overwrought expectations for the upcoming summit.
The following month, Trump threatens "fire and fury" if Pyongyang continues to threaten America, kicking off months of saber-rattling that set the world on edge. Forewarned should be (but may not be) forearmed.
Tensions on and around the peninsula had been mounting for years as Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes saw it subjected to multiple rounds of increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, the US, EU, South Korea and others. Their release has been "heralded as a potential breakthrough toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula".
One of the world's wealthiest countries per-capita, the island state of 5.6 million people has an advanced military, robust security infrastructure, and is considered one of the safest and least corrupt places on earth. Both promises were abandoned.
"In the end, North Korea will remain "a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state", Thae told the South's Newsis news agency.
The announcement comes two days after Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he nicknames Kim a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission" and warns that if threatened, the United States will have "no choice but to totally destroy North Korea". They say the word "denuclearization" means something very different to Kim and to Trump.
China has welcomed the upcoming summit of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and USA leaders in Singapore on June 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday. Libya's program was small, and it had no nukes. "Right now, we are still planning out a lot more of the details".
The Kims built their program to ensure that the United States would never overthrow them.
He's more focused on making a deal with a nasty communist regime that no previous president has been able to make. Ironically, Gadhafi's fate is one of the reasons Kim has clung so steadfastly to his nuclear weapons.
Pompeo said Friday the United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, noting that the US has often in history become good friends with former adversaries.
"Kim understands that this will have to be big and special", added Pompeo, who returned early Thursday from what he called a "productive" meeting with Kim in Pyongyang.
Pyongyang has long sought assurances the USA would not invade the North and is believed to have pursued nuclear weapons in an attempt to ensure the survival of the regime by raising the threat that any US move to oust Kim could escalate into nuclear war.
Meantime, Kim has already milked huge benefits from Trump's agreement to meet him which gives him recognition as a major global player.
South Korea and the DPRK fielded a joint women's ice hockey team during the Winter Olympics, which was the first unified Olympic team between the two sides.
"Kim Jong-un and North Korean diplomats directly state that this process is quite lengthy and requires security guarantees for North Korean statehood", Lobov said. He will also try to benefit from Trump's talk of bringing peace to the Koreas. Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the US forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit. The U.S. has long said there is no base for the charges.
I believe Kim looks at Trump and sees unprecedented opportunity.
The good news is that superficial talks are better than another war in Asia.