Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea will learn from Singapore's economic development: Rodong Sinmun

North Korea will learn from Singapore's economic development: Rodong Sinmun

Kim is staying at the $9,000-a-night presidential suite at the St. Regis Hotel, while Trump is at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel.

The US and North Korea are still technically at war, and have been since 1953, when an armistice paused the three-year conflict that had devastated the Korean Peninsula and at one point saw US and Chinese troops openly fighting each other.

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. "The meeting was far better than anybody ever predicted".

That decision has raised concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

The first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader is to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa in Singapore.

Joseph Yun, former US envoy for North Korea policy, alluded to that when he told a Senate hearing last week that there's a risk of "overloading the agenda" for the summit. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory.

The meeting, which will be held at the Capella Hotel, a secluded luxury resort on Singapore's Sentosa Island, will see the U.S. offering North Korea security assurances in return for complete denuclearisation, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have shaken hands to mark the start of a summit in Singapore, the first ever meeting between a United States and North Korean leader.

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said. Raising human rights risks playing into North Korean suspicions that the U.S is intent on toppling its hereditary, totalitarian regime by seeking to open its political system, which only reinforces Pyongyang's notion that it needs a nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival.

The PBS NewsHour's Nick Schifrin tells managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff the latest from Singapore.

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Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . Trump also called Trudeau " dishonest and weak " and accused him of changing his tone only after Trump had left the summit.

The two leaders planned to meet one-on-one for up to an hour with only their translators at their sides, before an extended meeting and a working lunch attended by their entourages. For his part, Trump has pledged to raise the issue with Kim.

Trump was the first to arrive at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches. island, a resort.

On the DPRK side, Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong, two vice chairmen of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho were present.

After the intimate huddle, they're scheduled to hold a larger meeting and working lunch. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton will also be involved in bilateral meetings.

During a quarter-century of on-off negotiations, human rights have played second fiddle for USA administrations seeking to ameliorate the threat posed by the North's nukes, and there's a reason.

Last week, Trump told reporters that Rodman had not been invited to the summit, but praised him as a "nice guy" and great rebounder. Most important, few believe Kim is actually willing to give up the nuclear weapons that cement his grip on power.

President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: "No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea".

The war-like rhetoric these tensions generated made Kim's diplomatic U-turn and the current search for peace - leading to a rash of summits with South Korea and now the USA - all the more surprising. But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by Tuesday evening, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back. To believe Kim would agree to relinquish his nuclear arsenal-the greatest deterrent for an worldwide campaign to depose his regime-on words alone, or consent to immediately shipping his program out of the country as National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested, were always ludicrous propositions.

On Monday morning, KCNA reported that Mr Kim had met with Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of talks with Mr Trump on Tuesday.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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