Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Kim on night tour in Singapore ahead of summit

This image provided by Yonhap News TV shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore This image provided by Yonhap News TV shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 05:21

Trump made the remarks at a working lunch with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the presidential palace Istana after their bilateral meeting during which the two leaders discussed everything from the summit preparations to the US' tariff threats. On May 30, Pompeo met with North Korean spy chief Kim Yong-chol in NY; their discussion concluded two hours earlier than expected, as Kim refused to make any commitment whatsoever on denuclearization, according to the Washington Post.

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

The US president proclaimed "excitement in the air" as he arrived in Singapore yesterday as officials from both countries met to narrow differences on how to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

Another shot shows him atop the hotel, owned by staunch Trump-loyalist Sheldon Adelson, taking in the views night-time views of Singapore's cityscape. Bloomberg first reported the reason behind the schedule change.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

Trump will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. local time (6 p.m. AEST). "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

"I can only say this", Pompeo said. "They will talk for as long as they need to", said the official, who asked to remain anonymous. "We will be fine!"

Pompeo traveled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face.

The White House, in the statement, said that the ongoing discussions between the United States and North Korea had moved faster than expected. It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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The United States is willing to offer North Korea "unique" security guarantees if it embarks on "complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday". -North Korea contact. 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.

US President Donald Trump had tweeted before leaving for Singapore saying that "I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

He has raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement on ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. The White House said Trump will address reporters on Tuesday before flying back to the US.

Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter. He just goes and he does it". But the North has long sought an end to the United States military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbor. "We must put the American worker first!"

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit.

But it will be up to Trump to decide how much to embrace the North Korean dictator.

Chosun Ilbo speculates that part of the reason North Korean officials only revealed that Kim left the country after he had returned is that Kim "at first seemed nervous that discontent in the unruly military or the Pyongyang elite could bubble over in his absence". And how will Trump react if he does?

Mr Pompeo said the USA is prepared to show North Korea that rather than denuclearisation posing a threat to North Korea, it's "the opposite".

Mr Kim smiled broadly as he met Mr Lee. He declined, however, to reveal any details of the preliminary discussions being held Monday between USA and North Korean officials.

The topics on the table at the Kim-Trump summit have remained largely a mystery.