Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit on June 12 in Singapore where the U.S. leader will try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

"There are measurable, meaningful things that North Korea could do, but nothing that the North Koreans have offered or promised or said to date can give us confidence particularly in light of their discouraging track record", said Danny Russel, former assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, who's now vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Kim declared his nuclear forced as complete in December, following the country's most powerful nuclear test to date in September and also three flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles created to reach the US mainland.

Journalists from the United States, Russia, South Korea, China and Britain will be invited to witness the process, North Korea state media said Saturday.

"I'm very honored to have helped the three folks", he said. The meeting would be the first between a sitting US president and a leader of North Korea.

She said that the idea of the USA reducing its military footprint in South Korea wasn't on the table.

But he added: "I'm confident that we have a shared understanding of the outcome that the leaders want, certainly President Trump and chairman Kim, but I think President Moon as well". That is, except for his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to the latest CNN poll.

Vice President Mike Pence is revealing new details about the conditions of the three Americans freed by North Korea, saying one was evidently kept from the daylight. "So I hope this time is different", said Gardner. -North Korea summit to take place.

"There's a danger here of the peace track moving more quickly than the denuclearization track", warned Abraham Denmark, an Asia expert and former senior USA defense official.

While North Korean supreme leader has cracked down on dissent, he's also pursued moderate reforms in an attempt to stimulate his rigid economy, which has been increasing stifled by sanctions. Such a move might force the U.S. to halt the meeting, a presidential spokesman said yesterday.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for U.S. troop withdrawals from South Korea and an excuse for stalling.

In 2015, Singapore hosted a historic meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then-leader Ma Ying-jeou, the first between presidents of the two sides since a 1949 civil war split that led to decades of estrangement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim in recent months, in a precursor to the Trump-Kim meeting. Pompeo was said to have expressed thanks to Kim for his "cordial hospitality" and "showed his resolution and will to strive for the successful DPRK-U.S. summit as the U.S. secretary of state".

But tensions have since eased greatly, starting around the time of the North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

Located just over 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometres) from North Korea, Singapore is comfortably within the flying range of its aircraft.

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