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North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump

North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump

Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between USA leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as "haters & losers".

North Korea has said it is willing to commit to denuclearisation, but it is unclear how this will be achieved or what might be requested in return. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction.those measures will increase".

"Kim and Trump both seem to want the same thing: a dramatic reversal in the U.S".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation.

Mr Trump will leave the country that same evening to return to the US.

Kim arrived in a Air China 747 that touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday afternoon, Singapore's Straits Times said.

Arriving at the Prime Minister's office after 1900 local time, Kim shook hands with Lee and his staff then sat down to begin talks in front of the cameras before the press was ushered out a few minutes later. On Monday, she met senior US diplomat Sung Kim at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to make final preparations for the summit.

Foreign Minister Ri, 61, is a career diplomat who served as the chief North Korean delegate to the six-party nuclear talks.

On the way back to his hotel, Kim walked along a promenade near the Merlion, a giant statue, and fountain, of a mythical creature, half lion, half fish - Singapore's unofficial mascot.

He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May.

El líder norcoreano Kim Jong-un y el presidente de EEUU Donald Trump
AFP 2018 Saul Loeb World Follows Every Step of Historic Trump Kim Summit

The young Kim is reviled as an worldwide pariah over the 2017 murder in Malaysia of his half-brother, and the execution of hundreds of officials, including his uncle, for suspected disloyalty. Again accusing the longtime USA ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

Trump said on May 24 he was scrapping it after threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials demanding unilateral disarmament. While Kim is staying at the St Regis Hotel that has been converted into a fortress ahead of June 12, Trump is reportedly staying at Shangri-La Hotel.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage.

It reported that the discussions are going to focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and other issues of mutual concern".

After taking their seats in a room where they will hold their first meeting of the day, the president briefly engaged in a question from a reporter who asked him how he was feeling.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim. The two will later be joined by officials and have lunch together. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory.

Kelsey Davenport, director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, said there were signs that the gaps between the two sides were narrowing but there was also risk.

Trump has in the past week described the meeting as the first in a process and meant for the two leaders to get to know each other.





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