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ibusinesslines.com June 18, 2018


Talks at North Korean summit moving 'more quickly than expected'

11 June 2018, 09:30 | Erica Roy

Image Kim Jong Un was surrounded by heavy security as he strolled through Singapore on Monday night

Kim Jong

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have an unprecedented meeting on Tuesday in Singapore, possibly laying the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes.

The last-minute change of schedule came as both sides finalized preparations for the meeting.

With the list of items on the agenda already quite long, USA officials have laid out a contingency plan for a second day of talks, CNN reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

"When I woke up this morning, I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-US summit", said Han Il-gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion. They'll later allows their teams to join them.

But Trump has lashed out at reporters for suggesting that the meeting with Kim will result in him giving up any negotiating leverage.

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.

The young North Korean leader is staying under heavy guard at a city centre hotel and had not appeared in public on Monday until about 9 p.m., when one of his security officials buzzing about the hotel lobby shouted "It's all ready!".

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

Olivia Enos of the US -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

It was not the only time North Korea has adopted canine references to describe Trump's statements.

The plane carrying President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.

"No matter what happens, President Trump and Kim Jong Un are going to call it a success", said former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Sue Mi Terry, who's now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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.

Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore
Image Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore

By prominently showing the Air China jet that flew Kim to Singapore, the reports also made no secret of China's important role behind the scenes. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the USA envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons. And yet denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, how to define it, what verification might look like, over what timescale it should unfold, in return for what level of United States economic aid and security guarantees and the lifting of what sanctions - and, and, and - is pretty head-scratching, complex stuff.

Both Mr Kim and Mr Trump are unbending in their demands for loyalty.

Trump, who has complained about the cost of those troops, might welcome the opportunity, though a troop withdrawal would also reinforce doubts about America's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.

One top Trump adviser cast the move as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

Kim has been more cryptic and calculating, with his regime vacillating between welcoming talks with the US, ignoring American overtures, and sharply attacking some of Trump's top officials with insults and threats, said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program. "All that I think gave them confidence that this was the right site, the right choice".

Armed police officers patrol outside the St. Regis hotel ahead of the U.S.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit.

"The art of the deal is not just a title", he said, "it's a way at looking at life".

But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his unchecked power.

Trump has said that North Korea must decide to "denuke" or there will be no deal and economic pressure on the regime would only intensify.

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.




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