Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

11 June, 2018, 23:47 | Author: Myra Gill
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President Donald Trump moved up his planned departure from his summit with Kim Jong Un after North Korean officials made plans to leave by the end of the day, a US official said.

The NBA Hall of Famer arrived early Tuesday morning in Singapore, surrounded by a horde of reporters wondering if he's going to meet with the world leaders.

Despite the initial high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know meeting.

The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

The story was reported the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the only item on Monday's first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available.

Last week, Balakrishnan visited North Korea at the invitation of foreign minister Ri Hong Yo.

"He was my counterpart in the South-North denuclearisation talks in 2011", he said.

He said if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Dr. Balakrishnan told the BBC. Yet even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

His first stop was a park with futuristic, tree-shaped installations, Gardens by the Bay, which also boasts the largest glass greenhouse and tallest indoor waterfall in the world.


The Presidential Suite on the hotel's 20th story - and we wouldn't expect Kim to want anything less - goes for up to S$12,260 (about US$9,200) a night, with a king-sized bed, silken throw pillows, crystal chandeliers, and marble, gold, brass, and silver adornments everywhere. He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

He had withdrawn from the meeting two weeks before claiming that North Korean officials had made hostile comments about the US.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the U.S., said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels less that a kilometre apart in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

If Trump and Kim fail in Singapore, "the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of US-(North Korea) confrontation", according to Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

It's the "changed era" that is important.

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

"The idea is to force North Korea to do a quick and complete denuclearization and not to drag it out, which will make the United States look like a fool", Zhang said "The problem here is: Will Kim accept this?"

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations. The two will later be joined by officials and have lunch together. By sitting down with an American president - a longtime goal of North Korea's government - Kim's regime is advancing its effort to establish its "reputation, respect, and credibility as a nuclear weapon state", Green said.

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