North Korea summit in Singapore

Pauline Gross
June 14, 2018

Trump will also meet staff from the U.S. embassy in Singapore on Monday afternoon, the White House said on Sunday.

Well, maybe, if anyone here knew it was happening.

Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counter Sniper Team wait outside the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a video footage, Trump was seen leaving the Paya Lebar Air Base tarmac in the Presidential Beast, a vehicle that is flown around the globe for a US President's visits.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect.

Around twenty minutes earlier, Trump's top North Korea negotiator, ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, arrived with one adviser, smiling at a scrum of television cameras and reporters gathered outside the hotel.

Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home". Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse. The meeting between the two leaders will be followed by expanded bilateral meetings and a working lunch. He waved from the stairs of Air Force One, was warmly greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, and then disappeared into his limousine.

"Taking into consideration geographic location, economic system, market size, economic development stage, China-North Korean economic cooperation has advantages that are irreplaceable and hard to replicate", Zhang said. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on USA plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.

North Korea summit in Singapore

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

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with translators. After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

In March, Mr Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim - delivered via Seoul - to meet in person. Once elected, he included Iran in his travel bans, blocking Iranians from traveling to the U.S.

"I can only say this", Pompeo said. "We must put the American worker first!"

When the United Nations Security Council passed severe economic sanctions against North Korea late a year ago as penalties for its testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles, China seemed to mostly follow through, shutting down North Korean businesses in China and instructing banks to stop conducting business with North Korean customers.

Officials expect details about North Korea's denuclearization to be discussed in the envisioned second summit, according to the paper.

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

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