Monday, 15 October, 2018

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday NKorean leader Kim arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump
Jean Garcia | 11 June, 2018, 14:59

But the president insisted the U.S. was leaving no stone unturned in its preparations, while warning that patience was needed.

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Kim is due to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later on Sunday, Singapore's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

"We have had substantive and detailed meetings to date, including this morning with the North Koreans", he said.

"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter. Ambassador Kim arrived with one advisor, past a scrum of television cameras.

Both sides were finalizing preparations for the meeting, which was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake between Trump and Kim, an image sure to be devoured around the world.

But Choi and Sung have since met five times at the demilitarised zone in South Korea in a whirlwind of diplomacy to get the historic meeting on track.

It was reported last month that South Korean President Moon Jae-in might join in the talks between Kim and Trump if their summit in Singapore proves successful. Key objectives for Trump include cementing a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, which experts believe may be able to strike the entire United States mainland. The end of the Korean War was marked by the signing of an armistice agreeement in July 1953. For starters, we need to be realistic about what "success" means.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

But the spectacle was absorbing. Singapore residents lined downtown streets to watch Trump's armoured vehicle, dubbed The Beast, travel from the Shangri-La hotel.

'Fox & Friends' Host Calls North Korea Summit A Meeting Of 'Two Dictators'
President Donald Trump is a meeting between " two dictators ". It's never going to be there again", Trump said on Saturday. So, it's a one-time-it's a one-time shot.

Curious onlookers wait for the departure of Donald Trump's motorcade from Singapore's presidential palace.

Authorities have beefed up security around the hotels where Trump and Kim (Saint Regis) will be staying in central Singapore.

Some 2,500 journalists are reporting on the event, which is costing Singapore government about SGD 20 million.

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.

Singaporeans are taking the inconvenience of major road closures across the city with good humour and hope. However, it can not be the only topic of discussion between Trump and Kim.

In subsequent years, the USA and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North.

Among those representing the U.S. at the lunch were Secretary of Secretary Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump impersonators, Howard X, left, and Dennis Alan, jump together as they pose for photographs on Friday.

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. He can take that nation, with those great people, and truly make it great.

Kim is now scheduled to leave Singapore around 2pm on Tuesday with Trump departing on Wednesday morning.

While Singapore has authoritarian leanings, it is still a thriving bastion of capitalism and wealth, and Kim will be performing his high-stakes diplomatic tight-rope walk in front of 3,000 global journalists, including a huge contingent from the ultra-aggressive South Korean press - sometimes referred to by Pyongyang as "reptile media" - two of whom were arrested by Singapore police investigating a report of trespassing at the residence of the North Korean ambassador.

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