At Trump-Kim summit, human rights is a back-burner issue

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forget about President Donald Trump holding Kim Jong Un’s feet to the fire on human rights at the Singapore summit.

The focus at the historic meeting with the North Korean leader will be on nuclear weapons, and the young autocrat’s international standing is likely to be boosted, regardless of the outcome.

Kim is accused of ordering the assassination of his half-brother with nerve agent and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners.

In January, during his State of the Union address to Congress, Trump said, “No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.”

But in the run-up to Tuesday’s summit, Trump has skirted the issue.


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