Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un

Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un

The White House says Trump will leave Singapore Tuesday, because the talks have "moved more quickly than expected".

Talks would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", it added.

If it doesn't, it could amp up tensions even more.

On the summit's eve, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew a firm line, saying the U.S. plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the United States, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The two sides have yet to publicly state they agree on the definition of denuclearization, which could complicate both Tuesday's talks and future rounds.

Kim has been more cryptic and calculating, with his regime vacillating between welcoming talks with the United States, ignoring American overtures, and sharply attacking some of Trump's top officials with insults and threats, said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program.

TRT World spoke to Mark Shanahan, a lecturer in politics and global relations at Reading University in England, for more.

They also revealed who would be in the room for Tuesday's highly anticipated Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

Kim smiled as he took a selfie with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the scenic waterfront Gardens by the Bay.

They came with scores of aides, bodyguards and diplomats in tow: Donald Trump from Washington, Kim Jong Un from Pyongyang.

US President Ronald Reagan, left, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty at the White House, Washington, December 8, 1987.

Instead, Trump has boasted of the planned meeting as a great coup, something he managed to obtain where others before have tried and failed.

But US officials have since avoided such lofty declarations.

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Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"There are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude".

The official wasn't authorised to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

"These discussions that will take place tomorrow between Chairman Kim and President Trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow".

Andrew Kim was spotted by an Associated Press reporter Monday afternoon at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, where Trump is staying. However, unlike the USA president's Air Force One, the plane does not carry protective artilleries, and when Li is not using it, it operates as a normal chartered aircraft.

He smiled and waved to excited crowds and was accompanied by Singapore's foreign minister, who tweeted a selfie standing next to him.

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore on June 10, 2018.

With much of the world focused on the historic summit between the two leaders, Trump also made sure to press his case that his administration had been good for the US economy. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

The Secretary of State said North Korea has unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of its relationship with the USA as he promised economic opportunities post denuclearisation.

The Tanglin neighbourhood surrounding the Shangri-La Hotel and the entire resort island of Sentosa will be locked down as "special event" areas with security measures such as road closures and spot checks.

"Trump is a publicity seeker". I've never said it happens in one meeting. But the danger of a potential collapse felt all the more real when a Pentagon spokesperson told reporters in late May that the US military was "ready to fight tonight" should North Korea launch strikes against American interests or allies.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

A U.S. official confirmed to CNN Trump's departure was moved up by more than 12 hours because Kim set his own departure for shortly after the summit, as first reported by Bloomberg. He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

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