Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

AP License N  A Created 2018:05:16 12:01:07 Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival
Steven Clarke | 11 June, 2018, 05:28

In 2015, the leaders of China and Taiwan held historic talks in the city-state - their first in more than 60 years.

PM Lee also said Singapore has "made sure to see to the details and the big picture", citing how the Home Team has found Korean speakers among its ranks to help with summit preparations.

But, barring a shock last minute development, the historic meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders will go ahead.

They are scheduled to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa.

Kim's chief of staff was spotted in Beijing last week after wrapping up talks with USA officials in Singapore which had included security discussions. There was no need to.

However, the U.S. is not expecting to get a final deal in Singapore.

You can imagine the drumming of fingers in anterooms as officials wait to be told if there will be peace in our time, or whether it's all fallen apart and we're heading for the airport.

While this meeting with Mr Kim may be just the start of what might be a long and fraught journey, it is at least that - a start. Would conventional politics have even taken us this far? But North Korea experts argue that human rights needs to be part of the discussion if the North hopes to begin normalizing relations with the US and the world.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday (local time). She led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday aboard Air Force One, looking to lay the groundwork for a nuclear deal with one of America's most bitter long-time foes.

He was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he stepped off his plane.

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Kim had planned to speak at the National Press Club in Washington on September 19, 2009, marking the anniversary of a 2005 aid-for-disarmament accord reached by the six party talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee, hours after arriving here.

He has also dangled the prospect of Kim visiting Washington if the meeting goes well. No other politician in the United States could have had a summit because no one has ever recognized North Korea as a proper nation.

The US president vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US. It also annoyed Singapore residents by offering to pay Kim's hotel bill.

In return, Mr Kim called him "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

The tests came amid a campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, led by the United States, that tightened economic sanctions and the possibility of military action.

Just a week before his April visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) for his first summit with Moon, Kim declared an end to nuclear testing, effectively ending his "byungjin" twin strategy that pursues nuclear prowess alongside economic development.

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

Media captionTrump-Kim summit: Can you achieve peace on a plate?

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

Since then, the path to the summit has been rocky, with Mr Trump at one point calling it off completely.

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