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

Trump in Singapore as summit draws near

Trump in Singapore as summit draws near

Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group's traditional closing statement.

The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event as White House officials prepared for the critical meeting on Tuesday with Kim.

Dare I say it, conventional politics would not have got us to the point where we are now. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what the leaders should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for resolving key issues, a senior U.S official said, adding that the meetings were also an ice breaker of sorts, allowing the teams to get better acquainted after decades of minimal contact between their nations. There was no need to.

"We remain committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted. Would conventional politics have even taken us this far?

But Cathcart said that progress on economic liberalisation would likely be slow because North Korea will want to be careful about the increased political risks that could come from relaxing restrictions on the currency and migration.

For his part, Kim hailed the "historic meeting" and said they "decided to leave the past behind".

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Trump's arrival comes just hours after Kim landed in the city.

Under Kim, Pyongyang has made rapid progress in its weapons technology, carrying out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date previous year and launching missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland.

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Kim was accompanied by three officials including vice chairman of the Central Committee Kim Yong-chol.

A suite on the 20th floor of St. Regis Hotel, where Kim is staying, costs more than 13,000 Singaporean dollars a night.

Olivia Enos, policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, said "a successful summit would move beyond mere statements about denuclearization".

Tuesday's summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president.

The US president vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US. But he also made clear Kim has a "one-time shot".

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 11, 2018.

In October 1994, the United States signed a landmark nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea, ending months of war fears triggered by the North's threat to withdraw from the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and convert its stockpile of nuclear fuel into bombs.

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This is the absolute crux of the summit and there remains a chasm between the two sides that diplomats were scrambling to close on the eve of the meeting.

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