Kim summit: U.S. president will leave early as talks 'moving rapidly'

Pauline Gross
June 14, 2018

Excitement in the air" ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: "EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE and other members of the US delegation on Monday won't bring up North Korea's human rights record at a summit with the country's leader, NBC News reported.

"The great risk is that Kim badly botches his meeting with Trump, other North Korean officials seem to be stalling, and the USA delegation gets the sense they are being taken advantage of". "I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!" The media reports Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage of the plans for Kim to meet Trump, though his summits with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and China's President Xi Jinping received major coverage soon after they had ended. Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added.

On the eve of the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with US and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.

He added that the "ultimate objective" of a historic summit with North Korea had not changed and the United States was "eager to see" if North Korea was honest about denuclearisation.

The young North Korean leader is staying under heavy guard at a city centre hotel and had not appeared in public on Monday until about 9 p.m., when one of his security officials buzzing about the hotel lobby shouted "It's all ready!".

Totalitarian North Korea's governing ideology of "Juche", which champions self-sufficiency, has brought little but decades of economic stagnation, widespread poverty and, at times, starvation.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch together 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".

The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized economies in Canada to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

South Korean presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said the U.S. President had briefed Moon on ongoing working-level talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and that the two had held a "detailed discussion on measures to achieve the successful fruition" of Tuesday's summit.

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Trump is expected to travel to Asia in November in conjunction with a pair of regional summits.

Kim also met Lee on Sunday, after arriving in Singapore.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018.

Pompeo also says Tuesday's meeting presents a test of Kim's willingness to agree to deal his nuclear weapons away for "protections" from the United States.

The summit has also raised hopes of progress towards a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War, the last festering legacy of the Cold War, after hostilities only stopped with an armistice.

The senior official said Seoul could have chose to go ahead with a visit at "the very last minute", but reiterated the Moon administration would not rush the signing of a peace treaty.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - travelling twice to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarised Zone for recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea, respectively.

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un spent Monday huddling with advisers in luxury Singapore hotels less than half a mile apart, readying for a nuclear summit that could define the fate of millions, and their own political futures.

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