Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

It is a One-time Opportunity, Says Trump on Summit With Kim

It is a One-time Opportunity, Says Trump on Summit With Kim

"Just the opposite. That it leads to a brighter and better future for the North Korean people".

On the eve of their unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared Tuesday for a meeting that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures.

KCNA also reported that the two sides would discuss laying the groundwork for a new relationship between Washington and Pyongyang.

They will then have a working lunch, according to a schedule of the meeting released by the White House.

For all the upbeat talk, it remained to be seen what, if any, concrete results the sit-down would produce. "We can go fast, we can go slowly", Trump said. There was a past that grabbed our ankles and wrong prejudices and practices that at times covered our eyes and ears.

The relative speed with which the state media got the news of Kim's arrival in Singapore out to the North Korean public suggests a certain level of confidence that the meeting will go well - or at least well enough.

Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: "Absolutely, I will".

The meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, plans another round of meetings on Monday afternoon with North Korean officials as both sides continue to prepare for Tuesday's summit in Singapore. Kim has been accused of horrific rights abuses against his people.

Travelling with him were top officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Defence Minister No Kwang Chol and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in Tuesday's summit. But he added "our hostages" are back home and testing, research and launches have stopped.

Trump was joined by Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, for the expanded talks, while Kim's team included former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party.

Upon his arrival, President Trump first met with the Prime Minister of Singapore, who is hosting the summit.

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Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

Delegates are outlining specific goals for what Mr Trump and Mr Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved.

The spokesman said that North Korea should deal with Trump with "awareness" because of the end of its deal, also negotiated with China, Russia and USA allies in Europe.

Kim stood silently alongside, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their summit as a "a good prelude to peace".

Imagine if President George W. Bush had met Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for face-to-face negotiations in January 2003 in Egypt instead of the USA -led invasion going ahead two months later and you get a sense of how remarkable this summit is. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake. He declined, however, to reveal any details of the preliminary discussions being held Monday between US and North Korean officials.

Trump landed at 8:21 Sunday evening at the island city-state's Paya Lebar Air Base, traveling from Canada, where he attended a meeting of the Group of Seven Nations.

Last week, Rodman said he would "give whatever support is needed" to his "friends" Trump and Kim.

Pompeo said the summit should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

The talks are expected to focus on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"I can only say this, " Pompeo said.

Pompeo offered "unique" security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

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