Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

12 June, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • A man sets up an electronic security gate at a vehicle checkpoint in front of the St. Regis Hotel

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have met for an historic summit in Singapore today.

Whatever the results, it will be one of the more unusual summits in recent history as a flamboyant, often erratic United States president gets a close-up look at a hereditary socialist despot who sits on a nuclear weapons programme.

"We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt", Trump told reporters just before their private audience.

The North Korean leader then traveled to the St. Regis Hotel - where he will be staying for the duration of the visit - in his armored limousine, which arrived on a separate flight. Raising human rights risks playing into North Korean suspicions that the U.S is intent on toppling its hereditary, totalitarian regime by seeking to open its political system, which only reinforces Pyongyang's notion that it needs a nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival.

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".

The two leaders are at the site, with Kim arriving at 8:55 p.m., and Trump showing up five minutes later.

"The imagery of Kim and Trump holding hands, embracing and declaring an end to the Korean War, is probably something they both individually want", said Laura Rosenberger, a senior fellow and director of the Washington-based Alliance for Securing Democracy.




North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on Sunday.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. The meeting was initially meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, but the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

Immediately after the summit, Trump is due to give an interview to Fox New commentator, Sean Hannity, the president's most fervent supporter in the media.

More than 2,500 journalists have convened here, with each leader's every movement tracked carefully. The safety precaution seems extreme until you remember that both Nikhita Krushev and Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly unintentionally gave the Central Intelligence Agency stool samples during visits to the U.S.

But enough about that - check out Trump's power move in the initial handshake.

But North Korea's complete denuclearization is "the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo said, and sanctions will not be lifted until that happens.

Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, added Pompeo.

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