Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Historic meeting in Singapore

Historic meeting in Singapore

Two Indian-origin ministers in Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan and K Shanmugam, are playing a key role in facilitating a hassle-free summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. President's Trump team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, will join an expanded meeting.

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

North Korea's human rights violations have been well-documented: A 2014 United Nations investigation found that the country's regime has committed "unspeakable atrocities" on a scale similar to Nazi Germany.

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles in front of a cake during an advanced birthday celebration at his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Istana, ahead of a summit between North Korea and the U.S., Singapore, June 11, 2018, in this photo obtained from social media.

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He told reporters he would "know within a minute" whether Mr Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear weapons.

USA allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of worldwide precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Trump's birthday.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation.

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"It's unknown territory, in the truest sense", Trump said during the G-7.

Iran said North Korea should be wary of negotiating with Mr Trump following his withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

He said Iran views Mr Trump and the USA with "great pessimism", saying they are known for "quitting treaties and violating their commitments".

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success. "It's never going to be there again".

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"They may be able to pull rabbits out of a hat that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do", he said.

For all the sober-minded talk, it's clear the art-of-the-deal president is still hoping for a major diplomatic victory.

"From our point of view it's important that the meeting take place, and that the meeting sets developments on a new trajectory - one that will be conducive to the security and stability of the region", he said. Hopefully we will have liked each other and we'll start that process.

He said on Thursday that he didn't think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that "it's about attitude".

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