Kim meets with Singapore's prime minister

by Garry Watts June 14, 2018, 7:26
Kim meets with Singapore's prime minister

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for their historic summit set for Tuesday. And yet denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, how to define it, what verification might look like, over what timescale it should unfold, in return for what level of USA economic aid and security guarantees and the lifting of what sanctions - and, and, and - is pretty head-scratching, complex stuff.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon its cherished nuclear weapons. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

The lead-up to the conference has been very shaky since it was first conceived in May, with several cancellations and threats of cancellation having taken place between the two mercurial leaders, mostly mitigated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN arrived five hours before the American President.

Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the G7 meeting there.

Trump arrived at the Istana, Singapore's government house, shortly before noon.

The expected key points on the agenda of the much-anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump were unveiled by KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, on Monday.

But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his programme and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has.

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Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

You can imagine the drumming of fingers in anterooms as officials wait to be told if there will be peace in our time, or whether it's all fallen apart and we're heading for the airport. "And we're going to know very soon".

He also said that the United States is holding back some 300 sanctions in the lead up to the summit. "We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

Trump is also on his way to Singapore from Canada after attending the Group of Seven leaders' meeting in Quebec.

"The minimum would be relationship". I think he's more strategic. But at a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other. But in the first days of 2018, Kim signaled a change of course.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

A team of U.S. officials had been in South Korea, traveling frequently to meet with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone [DMZ] recently, to work on the substance of the talks.

Trump said his greatest achievement "will be to denuclearize the whole [Korean] peninsula", after he had met with the three men on the plane before they disembarked.

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