Singapore ramps up security for Trump-Kim summit

11 June, 2018, 09:39 | Author: Bert Pena
  • U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One as he arrives in Singapore

Mr Kim is staying at Singapore's five-star St Regis hotel, while Mr Trump is staying about half a mile away at the Shangri La.

Although Mr. Trump has chosen largely to ignore the human rights abuses in North Korea, there is still enormous hostility in Washington toward what remains a Communist dictatorship.

Kim arrived a few hours earlier to meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Trump arrived later in the day from a fraught G7 meeting with world leaders in Canada.

Shortly after his arrival, Mr Kim met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the presidential palace.

However, Trump and his aides insist that a US-led "maximum pressure" campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table.

But Chinese analysts agreed that Beijing could and would play a larger role following the summit between Kim and Trump, who - given their divergent views on denuclearisation - are expected to make some "symbolic deals" when they meet.

US allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of global precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

The talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders, which will be devoted to de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, will be held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

Dare I say it, conventional politics would not have got us to the point where we are now.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon his arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Kim give up his nuclear weapons, read the BBC report, adding that the USA wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

"If a breakthrough is achieved, if peace comes, there will be a bountiful harvest, primarily of course within the Korean Peninsula but indeed for all the rest of us", he said.

On Sunday Pope Francis struck an optimistic note, saying he hoped the talks might "ensure a future of peace for the Korean peninsula and the whole world".

US President Donald Trump trusts his deal-making intuition to prepare for talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

A man rides an electric unicycle as policemen patrol along Orchard Road in Singapore, Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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

But former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage said he expects little progress on the key issue of defining the parameters of denuclearisation.

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of worldwide warnings.

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