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Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit
11 June 2018, 02:29 | Kelvin Horton
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If the North Korean leader does indeed agree to completely abandon his country's nuclear weapons programme, Trump is expected to ease sanctions on the hermit kingdom and pave the way for much-needed foreign direct investment in the country.
Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel.
During his preparation period, Trump continued on Monday to publicly brawl on Twitter with United States allies over trade.
The art of the unconventional deal?
"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the USA, and thanks to your honest efforts". We are where we are because Mr Trump has taken a sword and sliced his way through conventional diplomatic behaviour.
Officials from United States and North Korean delegations have finished up a meeting in preparation of Tuesday's summit. There was no need to. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CBS News in Washington that "Kim must not see American weakness", adding that by criticizing new tariffs, Trudeau was "pouring collateral damage on this whole Korean trip".
There's just no recent precedent for the gamble Kim Jong Un is taking. Would conventional politics have even taken us this far?
North Korea also conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September, which Pyongyangsaid was a successful hydrogen bomb detonation. The only sane reaction is to hope that they do both get along.
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"That's a ideal deal for North Korea".
Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era". In order to prevent the collapse of the talks and subsequently, North Korea's return to the mainstream after decades of global isolation, advisors (from Washington and Pyongyang) in the meeting must do what they can to steer the discussion in a positive direction.
The foreign minister of Singaporetweeted out a picture of the cake presented to Trump at the luncheon today in Singapore.
Trump has sought to lower expectations for the summit in recent days, suggesting that it would be the start of a lengthy process to get Pyongyang to begin dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Mr Kim was driven to the city centre on Sunday in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles.
The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on U.S. plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.
From Kim's nuclear arsenal to normalising ties between the two decades-old foes, these are the issues facing the two leaders at what Trump has called a "one-time shot" at peace.
While Singapore has authoritarian leanings, it is still a thriving bastion of capitalism and wealth, and Kim will be performing his high-stakes diplomatic tight-rope walk in front of 3,000 global journalists, including a huge contingent from the ultra-aggressive South Korean press - sometimes referred to by Pyongyang as "reptile media" - two of whom were arrested by Singapore police investigating a report of trespassing at the residence of the North Korean ambassador.
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After the conclusion of the summit, Trump again said he would not allow other countries to impose barriers on the United States. Relations between with the United States and the other members, particularly Canada, remained strained on the issue of trade.
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