Monday, 10 December, 2018

How the Trump-Kim summit eventually came together

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Kim Jong Un ANDREW HARNIK AP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Kim Jong Un"personally assured him denuclearisation was on the table
Glenn Montgomery | 11 June, 2018, 09:40

"It is a cost we are willing to pay", he said on Sunday, adding that security costs would account for about half of that figure.

Despite the high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Mr Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore just before 3 p.m. local time ahead of a much-anticipated summit with President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

The summit between Kim and Trump will cap a remarkable turnaround in relations between two men who were trading furious insults less than six months ago.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the tensions of previous year, when Kim accelerated his weapons programmes - earning the North more sets of UN Security Council sanctions - and the two men traded personal insults and threats of war.

Asked by Stephanopolous whether Trump deserves credit for brokering the first meeting in recent history between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, Menendez said he is anxious Trump "thinks this is a mano-a-mano engagement in which he can achieve the success we want".

Both countries want North Korea's nuclear capabilities addressed.

"The dismantlement of all of its WMD and ballistic missiles will lead to a more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and a chance of prosperity for the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long".

In a statement released by the state news agency KCNA, it said the two leaders would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" for the Korean Peninsula, the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.

Kim Jong Un, right, arrives in Singapore for North Korea's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

United States and North Korean negotiators met in a Singapore hotel on Monday, seeking to clarify the shape of Tuesday's summit, where Trump has said he intends to guided by instinct.

The bodyguards were glimpsed flanking Kim's Mercedes-Benz limousine as it traveled to the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore on Sunday. Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

But the South's Winter Olympics in February were the catalyst for a flurry of diplomatic moves as South Korea's dovish leader Moon Jae-in sought to bring the two sides together. But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has.

Earlier, in March, the North Korean leader had made his first trip overseas to China and in April he became the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea where he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom on their mutual border.

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

This will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president. They believe his latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease crippling economic sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.

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