Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump plans to meet Kim alone at summit start

Trump plans to meet Kim alone at summit start

Two separate photos from the Singaporean government and AFP show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) and U.S. President Trump arriving in Singapore on June 10, ahead of their historic summit.

Trump on Monday morning broke into a Twitter tirade about trade directed at America's European allies with the upbeat message: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement is in the air!".

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of a year ago, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Mr Kim's Air China flight from Pyongyang touched down at the VIP terminal of Changi Airport on Sunday at about 2.40pm, while Mr Trump's Air Force One landed at Paya Lebar Airbase close to 8pm.

Kim and Trump both arrived in Singapore a few hours apart on Sunday.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were preparing for their historic summit in Singapore as both sides tried to narrow differences before the two leaders come face to face on Tuesday.

The North Korea state run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said Tuesday's meeting would discuss "wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula".

Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

Earlier in the week, Trump also said he has done little preparation for the meeting, noting that the meeting would be all about "attitude".

The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on United States plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday.

Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage. But he also made clear Kim has a "one-time shot".

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

It is the farthest Kim has travelled since inheriting power in 2011, and only his third known trip outside the country since then, with the use of a Chinese plane raising questions over the state of North Korea's ageing fleet of Soviet-built aircraft.

Both the USA and North Korea have to agree on a venue that meets their requirements and is "politically and diplomatically" acceptable to them as well, he said.

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