Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Trump to leave summit early -- after meeting with Kim

Dennis Rodman looks out at the court at the end of an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang North Korea Ex-NBA Star Rodman Bursts Into Tears After Historic Trump Kim Handshake
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 05:05

Trump, who arrived Sunday night, tweeted Monday morning: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

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.

She is Kim Jong Un's younger sister and is thought to be in her late 20s or early 30s. He allegedly gave Kim a copy of Trump's book The Art of the Deal during a visit to Pyongyang, according to a 2017 report from The Washington Post.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit, set to held on Tuesday (June 12), between a leader of North Korea and a sitting U.S. president. The talks are expected to be devoted to the future of Pyongyang's nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions.

"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Even though President Trump had previously raised the possibility their summit could extend beyond just one day, the White House said Tuesday that the president planned to depart Singapore earlier than originally scheduled as negotiations with the North Korean delegation "have moved more quickly than expected".

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

Trump predicted that he and Kim will have a "terrific relationship", while Kim spoke of a new start. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

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

However, it now appears that the U.S.is confident tings are going smoothly.

Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

The MFA also said Lee will meet President Trump separately on Monday.

United States and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

As first reported by Fox News, a working lunch will then be held including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger; and Sung Kim, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and a former North Korea policy official. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage. Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

Trump and Kim will first sit down for a one-on-one meeting accompanied only by personal translators. "In light of how many flimsy agreements the United States has made in previous years, this President will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the North Korean threat".

"While a summit between Trump and Kim would be historic, it is unlikely to be decisive".

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