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

Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of N.K.-U.S. summit

Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of N.K.-U.S. summit

For the North, Kim Jong Un has already won a huge propaganda bonus by merely having the summit and sitting down as an equal with the U.S. president, an accomplishment his father and grandfather sought but could never realize.

In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning.

Kim is set to meet Tuesday with Trump in what's shaping up to be one of the most unusual summits in modern history.

The cost of the summit for Singapore was some $15 million, Singapore Prime Minister Lee told reporters Sunday at the media center the city-state had constructed to deal with the enormous global demand.

On Saturday, trump tweeted that he expects Kim Jong-UN's great deeds in the name of his people. There was no official word that Kim had left the country Sunday and arrived in Singapore, hours before Trump. Francis said he wanted yet again to send "a special thought in friendship and prayer" to the beloved Korean people. "And obviously, what has been done before hasn't worked".

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the USA and North Korea.

Singapore is hosting Tuesday's unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over dismantling the North's nuclear weapons program.

Arriving on a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally, Kim was also greeted by Balakrishnan.

Previous agreements with the North have subsequently collapsed and experts warn Kim is highly unlikely to give up the "treasured sword" of his nuclear deterrent.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, devoted its first two pages and 16 photos to Mr Kim's trip, including images of him boarding an Air China Boeing 747 for the journey.

Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will depend heavily on his own instincts.

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The two met at the official residence of the Singaporean President around midday local time, before holding a lunch meeting at which several other high-level USA officials - including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton - were present.

Well, maybe, if anyone here knew it was happening. "And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time".

"But I believe it's a technical issue", he said.

"If you ask me how much this will come to..."

Both Kim and Trump have a strong incentive to declare the summit a success whatever happens.

It all depends on Kim Jung-Un, the young leader who studied in Switzerland and wasn't groomed to replace his father, Kim Jong il.

The official media has reported that the two leaders plan to meet, but has offered few specifics, including where and when. Kim, who is showing increasing strategic sophistication on the other hand, is likely to be sharply focused on the details since his nuclear arsenal is seen in Pyongyang as the guarantor of his dynastic rule.

This story was first published on "North Korea says it will discuss "denuclearization" on Korean peninsula with U.S." But some USA officials have questioned whether Trump was doing enough to get up to speed.

With his Singapore summit, Trump is looking to temporarily escape his flaring personal conflicts with key USA allies over trade as well as domestic pressure like the swirling Russian Federation probe.

But Trump's gambit appears to be aimed at convincing Kim that more personal respect and recognition could follow if he commits to a serious negotiating process with Washington. Officials who arrived with Trump include Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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