Trump reportedly won't address North Korea's human rights abuses in historic meeting with Kim Jong Un

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  • President Donald Trump won’t address rampant human rights abuses in North Korea when he meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
  • A 2014 United Nations investigation found conditions in North Korea were so abhorrent and crimes against humanity were occurring on such a broad scale that it likened the North Korean government to the Nazis.
  • The summit is seemingly designed to focus on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, though the details surrounding it remain hazy.

President Donald Trump won’t address rampant human rights abuses in North Korea when he meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Kim’s repressive regime largely maintains its power via a brutal system of prison camps in which hundreds of thousands of people are currently detained, even for crimes as small as accessing foreign information through a radio or gossiping about the state.

A 2014 United Nations investigation found that conditions in North Korea were so abhorrent and crimes against humanity were occurring on such a broad scale that it likened the North Korean government to the Nazis.

But two administration officials reportedly told NBC News that Trump will not focus on any of these details during his highly anticipated meeting with Kim.

The summit is seemingly designed to focus on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, though the details surrounding it remain hazy and it’s not clear exactly what Trump and Kim will discuss when they initially meet.

Trump on Sunday said he’d know “within the first minute” whether Kim was serious about denuclearization.

“Just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do. How long will it take to figure out whether or not they’re serious? I said maybe in the first minute,” Trump said.

“You know, the way – they say that you know if you’re going to like somebody in the first five seconds. You ever hear that one? Well, I think that very quickly I’ll know whether or not something good is going to happen,” Trump added.

But Trump and Kim will reportedly be the only two people in the room, other than translators, as they first sit down together on Tuesday. After the meeting, this could make it difficult to verify what’s said and whether any promises were made.

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