The Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know


The Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2018

Its outcome could prove pivotal in determining whether the two nations pursue a lasting peace or a fresh military conflict.

Shanmugam said that four people have been turned away at Singapore's immigration checkpoints in the lead-up to the summit. The meeting will be monitored and dissected around the globe for a sense of whether one of the world's greatest national security threats - Kim's nuclear arsenal - can be solved.

Trump also called the leaders of South Korea and Japan in advance of the summit, Pompeo said.

Goodfield added Trump should remain authentic.

The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa. They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.


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.

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

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Lee Hye-ji, a 31-year-old South Korean housewife - who is hopeful about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul.

Asked how long it would take for him to work out if Kim was serious about striking some kind of peace deal, Trump replied: "I think within the first minute I'll know". He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.

Pompeo, addressing reporters ahead of the summit, said the USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".


Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.

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".

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders. He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

The North Korean leader reportedly arrived at Changi Airport in Singapore Sunday afternoon, where he was met by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.


Mr. Trump has made clear that his goal is denuclearization. "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were". "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals". "It's what happens after the agreement that really is the big point". "I think things could work out very nicely".

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