Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Selfies, Cheers Greet Kim in Singapore

Selfies, Cheers Greet Kim in Singapore

The administration's long-term goal is what is described in diplomatic-speak as "complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement" of the North's nuclear weapons arsenal and its long-range missile fleet.

The US president had told reporters in Canada that he "felt confident" about Tuesday's talks with Kim.

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

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the United States, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase". "We would like to make sure this message will be conveyed (to Kim)", said Sakie Yokota, 82, whose daughter Megumi was kidnapped at age 13 on her way home from school in Niigata Prefecture in 1977. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

At stake, he said: "America's security".

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Plans for the meeting almost foundered after Trump abruptly withdrew in May, citing North Korea's "open hostility" during negotiations.

But North Korea now deems itself "a nuclear state", and insists the U.S. must end its "nuclear threats and blackmail" as a precondition for denuclearization, according to a statement last month from First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan.

On the way back to his hotel, Kim walked along a promenade near the Merlion, a giant statue, and fountain, of a mythical creature, half lion, half fish - Singapore's unofficial mascot.

Gorka also said that he was "very disappointed" in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following his remarks after the G7 Summit over the weekend.

North Korean-US Summit
Image credit ULI-PwC report

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

In 2015, the leaders of China and Taiwan held historic talks in the city-state - their first in more than 60 years.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, Trump sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of worldwide warnings.

Concrete barricades have been erected outside St Regis Singapore hotel which is within the zoned security area. "We would be in a situation in which we were once again talking preventive strikes and the South Koreans would be caught in the middle".

Trump met with Lee on Monday, a day after Kim visited the prime minister hours after his arrival.

The Chinese Communist Party, largely through state media, has previously expressed its desire to play an important role in any talks between North Korea and the United States and has spoken of its refusal to be "marginalized" in any peace process.

Sebastian Gorka said Monday that President Trump's historic summit with Kim Jong Un can yield two large results.

In short, the USA wants Kim to agree to give up his atomic weapons.

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