Monday, 18 June, 2018

Kim Jong Un tours Singapore, takes selfie ahead of summit

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action Trump forecasts 'nice' outcome from Kim Jong-un summit
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 02:24

Trump landed in Singapore a little after 8:30 p.m. local time for the highly-anticipated meeting with the North Korean leader, which is set to take place on Tuesday.

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

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured vehicle.

Pompeo had earlier tweeted a photograph at breakfast with ambassador Kim, stating the U.S. position was unchanged: "We remain committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The report also said Mr Kim was accompanied by his foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, defence minister No Kwang Chol and sister Ms Kim Yo Jong.

The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between the United States and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.

Just days ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the upbeat atmosphere surrounding the meeting stands in stark contrast to the nervousness in Tokyo. The two will later be joined by officials and have lunch together.

"South Korean national news agency Yonhap warned of the consequences there would be if Trump walked out of "the historic summit without a written agreement" ahead of the mid-term elections".

"I do not know of a single USA official - and we talked to a lot of them - or Japanese official below the level of the president who thinks North Korea is going to denuclearize", Green said.

Similar scenes were seen on Sunday when Kim and Trump arrived in the city, and when Kim went to meet Lee.

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action
Kim Jong Un enjoys night-time stroll in Singapore ahead of historic summit

Pompeo said the United States is prepared to take actions to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers who are slated to be in any U.S.

"We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and friendship", Trump said, seated at a long banquet table ahead of a working lunch with delegations from the USA and Singapore.

In exchange for North Korea's cooperation, the administration is offering Kim both security guarantees and economic aid.

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

Kim Yo Jong, believed to be 30 and one of the North Korean leader's closest confidants, reportedly arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport about an hour after the despot's Chinese charter plane touched down.

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

The most common prediction that most publications made was, ironically, the unpredictability of the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit, given how both leaders tend to be mavericks. "I think I'll also know whether it will happen fast".

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

"North Korea has been preparing for this meeting for this meeting for 45 years, " he said.

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