Dennis Rodman to Travel to Singapore for North Korea Summit

14 June, 2018, 04:32 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)

The summit provides "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea, Pompeo told a news conference on the summit's eve. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

North Korea has so far presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to his neighbors and to the United States as a logical next step following what Kim has claimed is the completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent to what Pyongyang has long claimed is a policy of hostility and "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

One of them was the ageing Soviet-made Ilyushin-62 that is Kim's personal jet - officially known as "Chammae-1", or Goshawk-1, after the North's national bird but perhaps more memorably dubbed "Air Force Un".

Dressed in identical in black suits, with lapel badges of former North Korean leaders, the two, flanked by Singapore police, were busy getting into the best position for Kim's arrival, setting up cameras in the middle of the cordoned-off road. "We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official. But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore earlier than expected - Tuesday evening - raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

"Thank you very much", Trump said to reporters, as he turned to enter the banquet hall. Trump had earlier tweeted about "excitement in the air!"

South Korea has started surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as a reconciliatory measure.


The meeting of the two leaders attracts great global attention and is part of a process opened by Kim earlier this year with the objective of achieving thaw and peace in the Korean peninsula.

North Korea's concept of denuclearization, made clear through years of failed discussions with the worldwide community, "bears no resemblance to the American definition", Evans J.R. Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, wrote in a note.

US allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of worldwide precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

During a summit Kim held with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, the North's journalists repeatedly got in the way of South Korean cameramen to get shots.

The U.S.is hoping to leave the summit with a commitment from North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not yet clear what it would take for North Korea to agree to such an agreement.

In agreeing to meet with Trump, Kim is simply resuscitating the approach his country has pursued in previous negotiations, Revere warned.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) holds talks with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on June 10, 2018, in this photo provided by Singapore's communications and information ministry.

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