Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2018

Given Trump is resentful about coughing up millions of dollars to station large numbers of U.S. troops overseas for the benefit of other countries - a somewhat distorted view - it's possible that he may be willing to accept a reduced United States military presence in the region.

The summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president. Then aides to each were to come in for more discussions and a working lunch.

In the lead-up to the summit, USA and North Korean officials were convening contentious final-hour negotiations in a Ritz Carlton hotel here in a bid to narrow gaps on key aspects of the meeting.

Both sides were finalizing preparations for the meeting, which was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, local time, with a handshake between Trump and Kim, an image sure to be devoured around the world.

Kim has been more cryptic and calculating, with his regime vacillating between welcoming talks with the U.S., ignoring American overtures, and sharply attacking some of Trump's top officials with insults and threats, said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program.

Trudeau held a press conference after the president departed for Singapore and said that his country will not be "pushed around" by America. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state. -North Korea summit, is expected to pick up a considerable portion of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's bills.

The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.

Pompeo, who shifted to his current role in the spring after serving as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, spent Monday morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

Instead of flying the Pyongyang-Shanghai-Singapore route that takes around six-and-a-half hours but passes over sea, Kim Jong-un flew via Beijing, which took around 10 hours.

Trump, 71, landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.

The B-2447 aircraft Kim uses appears to belong to Li Keqiang, premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. North Korea criticized them anyway within a few days, leading the United States to call off the part of the exercise involving B-52 bombers.

Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan tweeted a selfie with Kim on the surprise walkabout late Monday.

Historically, Pyongyang has wanted the USA to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what the leaders should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for resolving key issues, a senior U.S official said, adding that the meetings were also an ice breaker of sorts, allowing the teams to get better acquainted after decades of minimal contact between their nations.

The summit represents a major gamble for each leader, a high-wire act that carries the elevated potential for risk and reward that Trump has become increasingly comfortable with.

As he was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

He continued: "But in the end, that doesn't matter".

The 1950-53 Korean War was concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the combatants technically still at war.

Pompeo did everything he could to avoid even saying the word Canada.

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

Another challenge is monitoring North Korea's nuclear scientists.

He finally concluded, "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do to get the outcome we're looking for in North Korea as a result of what you described having taken place in Canada".

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