President Trump, North Korea's Kim come together for momentous summit

President Trump, North Korea's Kim come together for momentous summit

The first-ever meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader is to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa in Singapore.

Heavy security and armed police are standing guard at summit-related venues across the city state. The Kim regime has said that it may be willing to tolerate the presence of US troops in South Korea, a significant departure from its previous stance on the issue.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days. The president will not allow the failings of the Iran deal to repeat in our negotiations with North Korea. Mr Kim is reported to be flying out even earlier, at 14:00 local time (6pm NZT).

"I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past", Trump said during the summit. He added that he suspected he "somewhat had something to do with this North Korean situation". -North Korean summit before actual procedures for the return are worked out between Japan and North Korea.

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between U.S. and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization. By contrast, Trump appeared to back off a military footing on Tuesday, declaring the USA will stop the "war games", an apparent reference to joint military exercises with South Korea that North Korea has long rebuked as provocative.

And he made clear that, whatever the role of diplomats and aides in setting up the meeting, it would be the personal exchange between him and Kim that would be decisive.

The front page of the June 12 Rodong Sinmun contains a short story and over a dozen photos detailing Kim's night stroll through downtown Singapore late Monday night, which took place less than twelve hours before the article appeared on the newspaper's website.

Should Trump agree to ease sanctions, Beijing is likely to be very willing to help North Korea rebuild its economy.

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A sit-down with the United States president is something North Korea has long pushed for.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: "No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea". Meanwhile, Mr Kim has called Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

North Korean leaders from past to present, from left to right: Kim Il Sung in 1980; Kim Jong Il in 2010; and Kim Jong Un in 2017; in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The evening tour may have been an attempt to highlight to Kim the economic benefits that could flow - with United States support - if Kim agrees to give up his nuclear arsenal.

Talks proceeded at multiple levels, including logistical discussions to allay Kim's fears of being deposed while traveling further afield than he ever has before as the country's leader.

That's a massive shift in Kim's public persona, and it might show one of the reasons both Trump and Kim were eager for this meeting to take place: Regardless of what actually happens, global summits can be a pretty big PR boost.

"Working together, we'll get it taken care of", Trump said.

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