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White House: North Korea talks moving 'more quickly than expected'

11 June 2018, 10:24 | Kelvin Horton

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

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"It's important to remember who we are dealing with".

The first meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. Singapore time - Monday at 9 p.m.

Here's what you need to know. He told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim in Singapore. But making a deal with the U.S.is still a big risk.

Certainly security will soon ramp up but for now the only real hint of what is about to happen are the signs at the front of the summit venue - the uber-luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa island - saying "police check, comply with police orders". Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

Anti-war civic group activists attend a rally to support the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, in front of USA embassy in Seoul, South Korea.

While the main attraction of the summit will inevitably be the historic meeting between Trump and Kim, that wasn't the first world leader he met with on this trip. But that was then. Earlier on Monday, he was part of a Singaporean delegation that hosted Trump and the American delegation for a working lunch at the Istana hotel.

Earlier in May, North Korea, too, had threatened to cancel the meeting in protest against the joint military exercise the U.S. had conducted with South Korea.

Yes, and it never officially ended. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty.

Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide. But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations.

What does the US want?

What are the chances Trump will get that?

US and North Korean officials huddled throughout Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Upon returning from a trip to North Korea in 2014, Rodman checked into rehab. That could take months or years to hammer out and a decade or more to implement, military and arms-control experts say.

North Korea, it concludes, can only "actively contribute to world peace and human wellbeing", by engaging with other nations.

It wants an end to what it calls "hostile" US policies.

At issue is whether Kim would be willing to abandon a nuclear weapons program that has advanced rapidly in recent years, posing an increasing threat to the U.S. and its allies.

Have we tried this before?

Kim took power in 2011. "They both get what they want".

In recent days, Trump had suggested the meeting could last days, potentially even resulting in a nuclear deal.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. Continued engagement would be a definite plus.

In an op-ed, the Washington Post emphasises how the United States president "has shown an ability to develop seemingly good relationships with some world leaders, and then to undermine them with unexpected words or actions".

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Central TV announced the visit with special announcements voiced by veteran news anchor Ri Chun-hee in her usual, inimitable style.

All of northeast Asia is watching closely.

Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage, which stressed that the talks with Mr. Trump would be focused on forging a relationship that is more in tune with what it called changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear weapons state - its desire for a mechanism to ensure a lasting a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearization.

North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

What if the talks collapse?

The five-star luxury hotel has 112 rooms and views of the South China Sea. Worst case is another war.

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