Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

The Dark History of the 'Tranquil' Island Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit

The Dark History of the 'Tranquil' Island Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit

On Sunday, Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore where he is expected to hold a meeting with US President Donald Trump on June 12.

He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated".

Kim's main concern is the survival of his own regime - South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters that the Pyongyang leader had "concerns on whether he could trust that the USA would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself". "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction.those measures will increase".

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"A successful summit might also open the door to some confidence-building measures, such as the opening of a US diplomatic office in North Korea and vice versa, or the resumption of USA missions to recover the remains of Korean War service members killed in North Korea", Wertz said.

The North Korean leader then traveled to the St. Regis Hotel - where he will be staying for the duration of the visit - in his armored limousine, which arrived on a separate flight.

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

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

He's also repeatedly expressed his support for a meeting between Trump and Kim - even offering to facilitate it or serve as an ambassador of sorts. "Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds.

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

Kim met with Lee on Sunday.

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Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".

"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any US president who wanted to do it and the point is no USA president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

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 minimize expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.

Pompeo said Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful", while warning that there was still "lots of work left to do".

He said the U.S. would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal.

First, the meeting must last longer than a minute.

"He should disembark from Air Force One, head straight away into the meeting with no photos or handshakes allowed, sit across from Kim and ask one simple question: Are you ready to give up your nuclear weapons in a meaningful, timely and verifiable way?"

Even so, the summit continues to be a highly sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express their opinions about it.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

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