US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit

11 June, 2018, 22:59 | Author: Myra Gill
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to reporters about North Korea during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington

Tensions between the two countries escalated in 2017 after Pyongyang stepped up efforts to boost its nuclear weapons programme.

Even after the White House confirmed the summit, the run-up to it was not without roadblocks.

"Everything that we see, say and do is based on observable, testable, referential behavior", he told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria" on Monday. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

"The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed".

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit.

At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump will participate in a media availability before departing tomorrow at approximately 8 p.m. for the United States.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Mr Trump with "awareness".

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.

Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally.


The cover of this week's edition of The Economis. More recently, Trump has suggested he will raise human rights issues with Kim. In this week's edition of the magazine, The Economist depicts Trump swinging on a wrecking ball-Miley Cyrus-style-and in its report warns that Trump's strategy may work in favour of his "America First" policy but risks a lonely America in the long run. China has always been the North's most important ally. Mr. Trudeau especially objected to the Trump administration's justification of the tariffs, saying Ottawa isn't a national security threat to Washington.

The White House said the summit was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

It was a far cry from past year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the U.S. president as the "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

Kim's Diplomatic Win Just meeting with Trump will be a diplomatic accomplishment for Kim, who has emerged from isolation in recent months and rapidly increased his outreach to other world leaders. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

The world now needs to wait for Trump and Kim to finally meet.

After a pre-summit meeting of G-7 finance ministers, in which Washington was rebuked by the other six members on June 2, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that despite sharp disagreements on trade, the other countries remain "our most important allies".

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