North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

Trump-Kim summit could be one of many

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Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday. Its outcome could prove pivotal in determining whether the two nations pursue a lasting peace or a fresh military conflict. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease worldwide sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.

Since his election as president in November 2018, several media houses have been vehement critics of the U.S. president and his policies-unswayed by his constant "FAKE NEWS" attacks-and they made no exception with their comments on the Trump-Kim meeting.

Last year, it would have been a rare sight to see a North Korean flag flying anywhere in Asia. Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of skepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

Goodfield added Trump should remain authentic.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected", but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks. The session will be expanded to a bilateral meeting and will include advisors. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

At issue is whether Kim would be willing to abandon a nuclear weapons program that has advanced rapidly in recent years, posing an increasing threat to the U.S. and its allies. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a USA official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.

Mr Kim was sent off in a ceremony at the Pyongyang airport joined by a group of senior officials, such as Mr Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, Mr Choe Ryong Hae, vice-chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission, and Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju.

Those who waited for more than two hours in the high heat and humidity for a chance to glimpse Kim, and perhaps witness a special moment in history, weren't sure how they were supposed to feel.

Miles from Washington, staring down a momentous meeting with a North Korean autocrat, President Donald Trump had plenty of other things on his mind, too.

The country's youth unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent in April and job-seeker Kim Tae-young - who has a bachelor's degree in engineering and new materials - said: "Frankly speaking, I have no particular feelings about the summit, but I just hope it would help ease uncertainties".

The process could turn on what Trump is willing to offer Kim for ending his pursuit of nuclear weapons and submitting to intrusive inspections.

The paper also published more than a dozen photographs of Kim, including ones of him shaking hands with North Korean and Singapore officials and posing by the Air China jet that he traveled in. In fact, North Korea merely said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down a key testing site.

Trump expressed optimism about Tuesday's meeting during a working lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and aides to both leaders.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

The US insists it will accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Trump told reporters the Singapore summit is "really a get-to-know-you kind of situation". "It's what happens after the agreement that really is the big point".

At least three people have been turned away from Singapore borders due to summit, says Shanmugam.

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