Trump, Kim prepare for nuclear summit in Singapore

11 June, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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A year ago the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard".

This is the absolute crux of the summit and there remains a chasm between the two sides that diplomats were scrambling to close on the eve of the meeting. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program. In Trump's words: "They have to de-nuke".

Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday.

As anticipation for his historic summit with North Korea has ratcheted up, salesman in chief Donald Trump has done something out of character: ratcheted expectations down.

"That's a ideal deal for North Korea".

Dismantling a secret nuclear arsenal built up over decades would take several years and be extremely hard to check, they say.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said USA and North Korean officials would hold working-level talks on Monday.

Security is tight ahead of the summit between two unpredictable men who in the past have threatened to destroy the other's country during the stand-off over North Korea's nukes.

The Olympics-inspired diplomacy led to more talks with the South, during which the North extended an invitation for Trump to meet with Kim.

Seoul announced last week it was in three-way talks with Pyongyang and Washington for an "early" declaration that the war is over. The end of the Korean War was marked by the signing of an armistice agreeement in July 1953.

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But Trump said: "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding: "Sounds a little bit unusual, but that's probably the easy part".

On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Trump would initially meet Kim one on one, with only the pair's translators present. Hopefully we will have liked each other and we'll start that process.

The Trump administration has previously insisted on "complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament" (CVID) of North Korea, with the emphasis on unilateral steps by Pyongyang rewarded by U.S. security assurances.

North Korea is estimated to have up to 120,000 political prisoners in its sprawling gulag system.

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

At the Quebec meeting of the leaders of seven industrial powers, Trump yanked the USA endorsement of a joint economic agreement among the seven countries.

Some pundits have expressed concern that Trump will expect the summit to be an easy victory instead of the beginning of a sustained and arduous diplomatic process. Qaddafi, in 2004, relinquished his nuclear programme in exchange for economic integration with the West.

The country's youth unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent in April and job-seeker Kim Tae-young - who has a bachelor's degree in engineering and new materials - said: "Frankly speaking, I have no particular feelings about the summit, but I just hope it would help ease uncertainties".

On June 9, the day before Kim embarked on the 3,000-mile journey to Singapore from Pyongyang - the farthest he's traveled since taking the helm as leader of North Korea - state media published reports about Kim's visit to a newly opened seafood restaurant.

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