Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2018

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

President Trump's first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held one-on-one, according to a White House official. It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests a year ago raised serious fears of war. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease global sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.

"Trump will hype this relentlessly, no matter what comes of it", tweeted Robert E Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea who is town to comment on the summit for the BBC.

The summit - the first ever between a sitting USA president and North Korea's leader - was to kick off at 9 a.m., the White House said.

Asked Saturday what the benchmark of success is for the summit, he said, "At a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other". They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis. A throng of journalists stood outside the hotel.

Shanmugam said that four people have been turned away at Singapore's immigration checkpoints in the lead-up to the summit. But it remains unclear if Kim will part with what he likely views as his most important bargaining chip any time soon. There's a flurry of speculation about what results might come from the summit.

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While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

They are due to meet tomorrow to discuss North Korea's nuclear arsenal and Washington's demand for a complete denuclearisation. But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to holding onto his unchecked power.

Trump's supporters have floated the idea that forging such a treaty, which would need a signoff from China and South Korea, would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

"We suspect it'll be more of a pronouncement in which the two countries express interest in that direction, and then the details will get bogged down", Sen.

At the G7 summit in Canada and in the hours afterward, Trump railed against trade practices that he described as unfair and said he'd given USA representatives instructions to rescind an agreement to official communique that outlined a mutual plan to ensure "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

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