Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

Daniel Fowler
June 12, 2018

In its illustrative preview of what the two leaders aim to achieve at the summit, the BCC said what most have been thinking - "Frankly, it's not yet clear". It will be the first time a sitting US president has met with a North Korean leader.

The two leaders will first meet face to face with only translators present before being joined by other officials from both nations for an expanded meeting and working lunch. Despite all the analyses and speculation around the summit in Singapore, one can only guess the outcome of the historic event, given the unpredictability of the two leaders.

The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa.

He has also dined with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with USA allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues.

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

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also tweeted a picture of them going "jalan-jalan", a local term meaning to go out for a walk, in the Gardens by the Bay park.

"I think we need to see that this meeting has real potential", said Sen.

Kim will be able to claim a huge propaganda bonus by sitting as an equal with the U.S. president, an accomplishment his father and grandfather sought but could never realise.

In fact, North Korea merely said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down a key testing site.

For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

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Russian Federation ruled out of the Big eight in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas. After Russia joined the group in 1997, the format was renamed G8.

Kim was not believed to have left his hotel since a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong soon after his arrival in the city on Sunday, but he ventured out on Monday evening.

North Koreans gathered outside a train station in the capital, Pyongyang, to watch news of the summit broadcast on a large screen. French President Emmanuel Macron said France and Europe were standing by the G-7 statement, adding "whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency".

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G7.

'Cheating Every Time' North Korea has previously promised to denuclearize, only to continue its nuclear program after receiving concessions from the United States, said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He insisted the United States would accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation.

Trump, asked last week if Rodman had been invited to Singapore, said, "No, he wasn't". "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

Pompeo, who has traveled twice to Pyongyang to meet with Kim, told reporters Monday that North Korea has conveyed a willingness to denuclearize.

The secrecy of the North Korean leader's health is, apparently, paramount.

In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

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