Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit

Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit

As the spotlight lands on this tiny nation of 5.5 million ahead of the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, many Singaporeans seemed to be taking the massive operation in stride.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also in Singapore, said in a tweet that Washington was "committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation isn't something that ends badly for them", he said.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

"We've got a very interesting meeting ... tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

"To this end, I ask the people to send their continued support for South-North Korean dialogue, including the military, Red Cross and sports talks that will begin this week", he said.

Highly unusually, North Korea's state-run media are already reporting on Mr Kim's trip to Singapore to meet Mr Trump.

Kim is to meet Trump on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of his nuclear program.

Mr Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimise expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.

Trump and his lieutenants have been walking different lines on the agenda ahead with North Korea.

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However, North Korea will probably be unwilling to "denuclearise" as defined by the United States and its allies, either in any joint statement or in subsequent official-level talks. Trump is to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and a few others.

People crowded around poster stands at train stations around the capital, Pyongyang, to read the news, and gathered at noon on Monday in front of the city's main train station to watch a large screen display of images of Kim disembarking from the special Air China flight that took him to Singapore.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of previous year, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies 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.

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges between himself and Mr Kim - as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the worldwide community.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire United States mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there is deep scepticism that Mr Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there is also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North.

"It was possible that we got to this point thanks to President Trump and Chairman Kim's bold decisions".

The motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, drives past on the street in Singapore on June 10, 2018. "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected Marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

Last week, Trump expressed his hope for the normalization of relations with Pyongyang following the summit and did not rule out the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.

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