In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

  • In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday aboard Air Force One.

This will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president.

PM Lee will have a bilateral meeting with Mr Kim, who is Chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission, on Sunday.

Donald Trump has not held back in his dealings with North Korea but a body language expert has warned him to avoid some cultural blunders during Tuesday's summit.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit.

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

The summit venue, roads and hotels in Singapore will be secured by the Gurkha Contingent of the Singaporean police, according to diplomats familiar with VIP security in the island state.

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage expected little progress on the key issue of defining denuclearization.

Olivia Enos, policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, said "a successful summit would move beyond mere statements about denuclearisation". "It's like when a person leaves the room and slams the door, but is hoping the other person will run after them and follow them into the corridor", she said.

Trump insisted last week that the summit will "not be just a photo op", saying it will help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" toward the "ultimate making of a deal".

When asked by a journalist how Singapore was going to recoup the amount, Mr Lee said: "I think if you calculate the price of everything in this world, you will miss out on the really important things".

"Eventually, for normalization to work, you're going to have to deal with the human rights issue", said Ambassador Robert Gallucci, the chief USA negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, when the two countries almost went to war over the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

But even the merit of the event itself - long sought by the North, and which Trump apparently impulsively agreed to in March, reportedly without consulting his advisers - has been called into question.

In response to USA pressure, Thailand said annual trade with North Korea fell by 94 percent, although some North Korean businesses have continued to operate in the country, including two restaurants in Bangkok.

"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting, we did not ask for says something about Singapore relations with the parties. and our standing in the global community", he added.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".

Ms Giguere said: "Given the two leaders' much-publicised history of animosity, making a good first impression in this case might be extremely hard".

Kim has met twice with both Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But the success or failure of the summit will be seen by some as an indication of China's status as a major player in Northeast Asia, something Beijing has long craved.

Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning US detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site.

On the U.S. side, joining Trump was a delegation of high-level officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added.

Trump has himself said he doesn't want to use the term "maximum pressure" any more because of improving relations with North Korea.