North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

  • North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim, Trump both arrive in Singapore ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday thanked Singapore for hosting the historic summit between him and US President Donald Trump tomorrow.

North Koreans were offered a rare glimpse into their reclusive leader's schedule on Monday after the tightly controlled state media issued surprisingly detailed reports of his trip to Singapore. "If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase".

Trump pushed back on criticism that giving the North Korean leader a meeting with an American president was a major concession made with nothing of value received in return. He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated".

Kim and Trump arrived in tropical Singapore on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also in Singapore, said in a tweet that Washington was "committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula". He wouldn't say whether Trump would consider withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but insisted USA sanctions on the North would remain in place until the North denuclearizes.

Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

The Singaporean delegation also surprised the USA leader with a birthday cake.

Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an worldwide endeavour.

Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday.

US President Donald Trump predicted Saturday that he would know within a minute of meeting Kim Jong Un whether his "one-time shot" at peace with the North Korean leader had a chance of succeeding. "Why would Kim. believe any commitments President Trump makes when he arbitrarily tears up an agreement with which the other party is complying?" said Antony Blinken, who was deputy secretary of state under Barack Obama.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim.

Pompeo hinted that Trump was unlikely to waver on this key demand, tweeting earlier on Monday that the USA remained "committed" to CVID.

The other area was Sentosa Island, site of the Capella Hotel which will be the venue for the June 12 summit.

The top USA and North Korean negotiators had earlier emerged from a last-ditch meeting at the Ritz Carlton with pursed lips, and no sign of whether an attempt to narrow the gap between U.S. and North Korean expectations of what denuclearisation should look like, had worked. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added.