Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

11 June, 2018, 22:52 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will reportedly meet without their advisers, with only translators present.

Mr Lee added: "When the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we couldn't say no".

The Trump administration is pushing for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, an action South Korea has said Kim is willing to take.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Mr Trump.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", Pompeo said.

Kim is now scheduled to leave Singapore around 2pm on Tuesday with Trump departing on Wednesday morning. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, President Trump arrived at Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore in the evening and was also received there by the country's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

"Prime Minister Lee welcomed Chairman Kim to Singapore". Singapore residents lined downtown streets to watch Trump's armoured vehicle, dubbed The Beast, travel from the Shangri-La hotel.

Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore
Image Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore

Yet the top USA diplomat added Trump is ready to offer "unique" guarantees to ease the regime's concerns about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing".

Mr Kim said "the entire world [was] watching" while Mr Trump said he had a good feeling about the summit.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels about a kilometre and a half apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.

Bitcoin struggled near two-month lows after South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail said it was hacked over the weekend, raising concerns about security at small- to mid-sized virtual currency exchanges. But a series of diplomatic overtures involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States reduced tensions and led Trump in March to quickly accept Kim's invitation to meet. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch.

He became the highest level figure from North Korea to hold talks at the White House since a senior envoy visited former US President Bill Clinton in 2000. They believe Kim's latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country. Media houses and analysts have had a lot to say on the 12 June summit, attempting to explain and highlight its significance.

"The process could be doomed before it begins". But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

The chosen heir, once his elder half-brother fell from grace, Mr Kim was groomed for years to take his place at the top of North Korea's political pyramid.


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