Thursday, 21 June, 2018

North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of high-stakes Trump summit

President Donald Trump arrives in Singapore Sunday for a highly touted summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un View Slideshow
Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 04:50

But after some diplomatic scrambling, the two leaders will now sit down together.

In the lead up to the summit, North Korea rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and KCNA's reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant that Pyongyang wants the United States to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan. "If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable".

Both leaders will meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before their summit.

China is already North Korea's most important ally and biggest trade partner.

Rather than bandy the term about, negotiators in Trump's administration should seek to obtain a commitment in writing that North Korea will abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, Cha continued.

Dismantling a secret nuclear arsenal built up over decades would take several years and be extremely hard to check, they say. "We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

The news covered the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the top - and only - item on the first news broadcast of the day on Korean Central Television, which for many North Koreans is the only channel available.

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un meets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Sunday. Kim is scheduled to begin a summit Tuesday with President Trump
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Singapore, the host country of the upcoming U.S.

The Trump-Kim summit is expected to cost about S$20 million ($15 million), Lee told Singaporean media on Sunday, with security costs representing about half the total.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 11, 2018. The two leaders are scheduled to meet one on one before an expanded working lunch with aides.

She said the United States delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

The U.S. side included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and senior White House adviser Stephen Miller.

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