Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase

12 June, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Dennis Rodman Lauds Trump as 'Greatest Negotiator' and Shares an Appropriate Gift He Gave North Korea

North Korea's state media said on Monday (June 11) that its leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump will discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean peninsula, denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.

For Trump, cutting a deal to end the North Korean nuclear threat with his approach to Kim, in defiance of the USA security establishment's long-held ways of dealing with the North, would be a success unmatched by any predecessors.

Concrete barricades have been erected outside St Regis Singapore hotel which is within the zoned security area.

Staff-level meetings between the United States and North Korea were going "well and quickly", Trump said in a message on Twitter on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see how much he participates in the bilateral meeting and whether North Korea takes issue with his presence.

The White House said Trump will leave Singapore 15 hours ahead of schedule, flying back to Washington on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday morning.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some US politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda. Recently, Kim Jong Un sent him to the United States to hand-deliver a letter to Trump, making him North Korea's most senior official to visit its wartime foe in 18 years.

Trump was presented with a birthday cake by his Singaporean host.

"I feel really great", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding that it's his "honor" to meet and he and Kim will have a "terrific relationship".

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.


Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace.

Welcome to our live coverage of the US-North Korea summit.

As Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, the president sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people _ the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.

He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May. North Korea has always been a useful buffer between China and US forces in South Korea.

North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

Trump has in the past week described the meeting as the first in a process and meant for the two leaders to get to know each other.

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