Singapore likely to host Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in June

09 May, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for

Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping soon after the world was stunned by the news of Trump accepting the idea of meeting Kim personally while Yi visited North Korea the week after the Kim-Moon summit.

This has led to a meeting being set up between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that is scheduled to take place later this year.

"Pyongyang Time" was created as tensions between the authoritarian country and the US grew over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and global sanctions aimed at dismantling it.

At the meeting, the two leaders are expected to discuss the issue of denuclearization of North Korea.

The United States claims President Trump's political pressures and sanctions are what encouraged North Korea to agree to a negotiation.

The White House, meanwhile, has announced a separate meeting between Trump and Moon at the White House on May 22 to "continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula".

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If lawmakers fail to elect a prime minister a second time, parliament will be dissolved and early elections will take place. He said his ministers will be chosen "as a result of discussions" with his allies and other political groups.

KCNA earlier said Kim proposed returning North Korea to the South's time zone because it was "a painful wrench to see two clocks indicating Pyongyang and Seoul times hanging on a wall of the summit venue". However, Trump had, on several occasions, said he wanted a complete or partial withdrawal of the troops.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ratings at home have nosedived in recent times, will also hold bilateral talks with the Chinese and South Korean leaderships on the sidelines of the summit, it was reported by The Straits Times.

Not everyone is convinced North Korea will give up all its nuclear weapons though, with some experts still very skeptical.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", he said. It is also reported that the Trump-Kim summit would most likely be held in the third week of June, after Trump attends the G-7 Summit slated for June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada. "And a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages". "I had one of the fake news groups this morning, they were saying, 'What do you think President Trump had to do with it?' I'll tell you what, like how about everything".

Japan "will never be able to set foot on (North Korea's) sacred land, even in 100 million years", the paper said in an online commentary. Mr Trump hinted the release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

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