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Kim on night tour in Singapore ahead of summit

Iran ‘highly sceptical’ on US-N Korea nuclear talks Kim on night tour in Singapore ahead of summit
Bennie Garza | 14 June, 2018, 05:24

Members of the North Korean delegation arrive at St Regis hotel, ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, in Singapore June 10, 2018.

Trump made no such impromptu outings, but his staff nonetheless projected quiet confidence about the summit - the first ever between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.

Kim is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Tuesday. And the abrupt change in schedule came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot end to the Korean War. Clapper recognises the security concerns of the North: "If we can figure out a way to lead North Korea's leaders to a place where they don't feel so threatened, we could move away from the cusp of a cataclysmic war". Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a "comprehensive" and "historic" document after their summit, but the details of that document have not yet been specified.

Critics of the summit leapt at the handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president.

As the North Korean leader prepared for his meeting with US President Donald Trump, it appeared he had increased security which included taking his personal toilet on the flight.

"I feel that Kim Jong-un wants to do something great for his people", he said.

"There are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude".

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. "For the time being we can not be optimistic about the United States' behaviour, and the government of North Korea must approach this issue with absolute vigilance", he added.

The summit would set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", Mr Pompeo said, insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he left the G7 summit early and alienated leaders with a refusal to agree to a post-meeting communique on trade policy. The spokesman said Trump told Moon he would send Pompeo to Seoul immediately after the summit to explain its outcome.

His abrupt change of schedule will see him leave Singapore about 8pm on Tuesday (local time) after a full day of meetings with Kim, nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated. USA officials scheduled to take part in Tuesday's expanded meeting will include Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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.

"Denuclearization means CVID for the United States, but from the viewpoint of North Korea, denuclearization means the denuclearization of the entire peninsula", said Masahiro Kohara, professor at the University of Tokyo.

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