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Trump and Kim set to meet for historic summit

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit Pic courtesy PTI
Kenneth Drake | 12 June, 2018, 03:41

A media scuffle broke out outside The Ritz-Carlton hotel on Monday (11 June) after a meeting between United States and North Korean negotiators ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.

Kim Jong Un, center, tours the Esplanade in Singapore on Monday during a surprise late-night tour. "President Trump has led an enormous coalition including those very same European partners, those G7 partners to which you refer, who have helped us get to this point".

Rodman said he hopes everyone reads it before the summit and reiterated that "we've got the greatest negotiator of all time" to "show the world how it's done".

In a statement, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said "The president is well-prepared for tomorrow's engagement with Chairman Kim".

Both sides appear to understand that there are three interconnected issues on the table: denuclearisation (most important for the US), security normalisation (most important to North Korea), and economic normalisation (potentially benefiting both but especially important for Pyongyang). Funds for military activities are obtained from remittances that come from the forced labor of North Koreans sent overseas, as well as forced labor domestically. A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations. They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis.

Mr Kim has also said he wants to focus on building the North Korean economy - and thus wants sanctions relief and global investment. But for the better part of an hour, the two men will square off one on one, alone but for a pair of translators, raising concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

Kim Jong Un has reportedly taken his own toilet to the Singapore summit where he is due to have nuclear talks with Donald Trump. "I said maybe in the first minute", Trump said. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory. 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 process is set to begin with a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Kim, and it will be followed by a meeting with some aides present and then a working lunch with even more people.

Pompeo, who shifted to his current role in the spring after serving as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, spent Monday morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

Trudeau held a press conference after the president departed for Singapore and said that his country will not be "pushed around" by America.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has also arrived in Singapore and emerged from the baggage claim area at Changi airport around midnight Monday.

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.

Trump's supporters have floated the idea that forging such a treaty, which would need a signoff from China and South Korea, would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. Soon after, Mr Kim declared that his country had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state, with missiles that could reach the US.

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