Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un prepare for Singapore summit
11 June, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Natasha Holloway
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim. "It is a historic negotiation, and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudlowsaid.
Trump was greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".
But critics have warned that the meeting risks being largely light on substance considering what is believed to be a wide gap between the USA and the North on the denuclearization issue.
Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.
As Trump was trying to make "fool trade" happen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a series of photos showing State Department officials meeting with foreign diplomats and generally behaving like normal White House officials headed into a high-stakes summit.
Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. But it's unclear what that security guarantee would entail.
Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the USA and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path". Volatility and the Trump-Kim pairing go together like joint statements and the phrase "constructive talks". Two of them, wearing identical black suits and lapel pins featuring portraits of former North Korean leaders, were spotted outside St. Regis Hotel on Sunday afternoon ― poised to capture Kim and his entourage arriving at the property.
One benefit of Singapore from the North Korean point of view is that there will probably not be any anti-North Korea protests during Kim's stay.
'North Korea has its own royal lineage - the Kim family - and so it is natural that Kim Yo Jong traveled to Singapore separately from her brother'.
It's a dramatic departure for Trump, who kicked off 2018 bragging that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.
Likely to attend the summit with Trump are Pompeo, Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly.
"I'm very confident the relationships between our countries, the United States and those G-7 countries, will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Pompeo said.
Is Kim Jong Un fluent in English? Cha told TIME last month that he did not expect a comprehensive deal to be reached but Trump "never has a bad meeting". Kim visited China twice this year, but the North's media made them public only after he returned to Pyongyang.
The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
From Kim's nuclear arsenal to normalising ties between the two decades-old foes, these are the issues facing the two leaders at what Trump has called a "one-time shot" at peace.
The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".
Kim should be aware of just how good an opportunity he has, Trump cautioned, because it will not last forever. President Trump can not fully suspend sanctions on North Korea unless North Korea agrees to key reforms.
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Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader. While en route to Singapore , Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he anticipated would be an exciting day.
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