Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Despite this emphasis on first impressions, Trump began the Singapore summit by signaling to Kim that he's the kind of guy who refuses to put his phone down during dinner, and can't stop talking about his ex. "It is a historic negotiation, and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudlowsaid.

Singapore quickly released a picture of Mr Kim and the foreign minister shaking hands.

But critics have warned that the meeting risks being largely light on substance considering what is believed to be a wide gap between the US and the North on the denuclearization issue.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was confident that relations between the United States and G7 countries would continue to move forward, in spite of a major clash over trade at a weekend summit in Canada.

On the U.S. side, joining Trump was a delegation of high-level officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Whether they could agree to a draft document will likely determine whether Kim and Trump can sign a tangible "outcome" at the summit.

He said his perception of Kim - a "bad guy with nuclear weapons" - had improved considerably following his two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom.


Trump and Kim are set to meet tomorrow at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process.

The issues on the table remain stubborn and complex for two countries that have been at odds for almost 70 years. Trump is expected to hold talks with Lee on Monday.

One benefit of Singapore from the North Korean point of view is that there will probably not be any anti-North Korea protests during Kim's stay.

Kim arrived Sunday at the St. Regis hotel, where his close aide has been based as he leads a North Korean advance team arranging security and logistics details.

'North Korea has its own royal lineage - the Kim family - and so it is natural that Kim Yo Jong traveled to Singapore separately from her brother'. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

"He is going to make a basic assessment.is this guy serious or is, as some people think, this all a ruse and a North Korean deception?"


The June 12 Singapore summit promises to build on the unfolding rapprochement between the US and North Korea.

So just what will a successful meeting between Trump and Kim actually look like?

North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun proclaimed Kim's arrival in Singapore on its front page, in unusually swift coverage of his worldwide visit.

Past year the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard".

The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".

Earlier this morning, the tweeter-in-chief expressed his elation about being in Singapore and feeling "excitement in the air".


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