The Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know

12 June, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Billie Castillo
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He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

The foreign minister posted a photo showing him with Kim at the place on Facebook.

Pompeo appeared to address that sort of North Korean concern on Monday, saying "President Trump recognizes Chairman Kim's desire for security and is prepared to ensure a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea".

Kim is in Singapore for a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the US and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister is also in Singapore.

Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday morning. After greeting each other - an image sure to be devoured around the world - the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. 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.

Kim traveled with other top-ranking North Korean members - another layer of security for the regime's first family.

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"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

He left early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the traditional group statement.

Noting that the discussions between the USA and North Korean delegations working out the logistics of the summit are moving "more quickly than expected", the White House released some details about the meeting.

One diplomatic source in Singapore said that "Tension was very high in North Korea, hence the secrecy".

On Tuesday, the two leaders will begin their meeting with a one-on-one session at 9 am local time.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation.

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. He told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim in Singapore.

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