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North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

He was greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who posted a picture on Twitter of him shaking hands with Kim and the message: "Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore".

Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel.

"We don't know how developed North Korea's secure communications capabilities are, so whether Kim Jong Un will be within easy reach of his National Command Authority during his stay in Singapore is an open question", said Andrew O'Neil, a North Korea nuclear policy expert at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was "their own family affair".

He has made two trips to China since March to meet President Xi Jinping, and held summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNew Arab Gulf council reflects shift in strategy, leadership Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of Tuesday summit By law, Trump must discuss human rights with Kim MORE told reporters in Singapore on Monday that the US will only accept the "complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump and Kim will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (9:00 p.m. ET on Monday).

Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home".




North Korea has changed its narrative in recent months.

At issue is whether Kim would be willing to abandon a nuclear weapons program that has advanced rapidly in recent years, posing an increasing threat to the USA and its allies.

Flattery and Threats Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.

Olivia Enos of the USA -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns. However, he took a U-turn soon and said the White House was proceeding with the preparations for the summit.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the president was fully prepared for the meeting. Two other aircrafts, one carrying several "essential" items for Kim such as a bullet-proof limousine and portable toilet, also departed within the same hour as the one carrying Kim. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said, describing a far more modest goal than Trump had outlined days earlier.

Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Lawrence Kudlow, said Mr. Trudeau's press conference had been a "betrayal" because Mr. Trump couldn't afford to show any weakness before his meeting with North Korea.

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