Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kim Jong-un's running bodyguards reappear in Singapore

Kim Jong-un's running bodyguards reappear in Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a small resort island off Singapore's port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

On Monday, the White House released the full schedule for US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's historic meeting.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement.

He and Mr Trump are set to meet on Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting United States president.

"I just think it's going to work out very nicely", said Trump at a working lunch with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

"To this end, I ask the people to send their continued support for South-North Korean dialogue, including the military, Red Cross and sports talks that will begin this week", he said.

Singapore is one of the few countries which shares cordial relations with both United States and North Korea.

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Mr Trump and Mr Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

Some foreign-policy experts said the breakdown at the Group of 7 meeting would play to North Korea's advantage, since Mr. Trump can ill afford a second failed summit, back to back.

North Korea's government-run media are the only way North Korean citizens have of learning about news events. For the US president, expectations have fallen from the sky-high standards of early May, when Trump seemed to believe, for at least a fleeting moment, that North Korea would be coming to Singapore to turn the keys over to its nuclear program.

The US president was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The previous USA stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".

Some of the crowds of tourists and locals taking photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he visit the Marina Bay Sands during a city tour.

The South Korean president said he had every confidence the summit will be a success.

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

Mr Trump has announced the restoration of USA sanctions, while European leaders are trying to preserve the deal. But Moon's spokesman says it's unlikely that such a declaration would take place while Trump and Kim were still in Singapore.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North.

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to get rid of his nuclear weapons, though he has said it may take many more meetings to get to that point. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Lee Sang-man, professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University in South Korea, viewed the DPRK-U.S. summit as a positive step toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in tropical Singapore yesterday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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