North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump

  • North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump

North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump

She dismisses Kim's late-night activities in Singapore as part of a months-long "charm offensive" aimed at cultivating good worldwide press.

"The nuclear testing has got them to the point where they now get this meeting", he said.

A CNN analyst, in a report titled 'Four steps for a successful Trump-Kim summit', highlights how "it is still hard to predict how any summit will go (especially with two unpredictable leaders such as Trump and Kim)". Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, he told reporters, "is the only outcome that the United States will accept".

Olivia Enos of the US -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

"Hi, I'm Kim Yong-chol, the one you blame for sinking the Cheonan."
More recently, Trump has suggested he will raise human rights issues with Kim.

Choe Son-hui is North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister and was leading talks on behalf of North Korea with the United States in Panmunjom in the lead-up to the summit. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table. While the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, Kim Jong-un reportedly travelled by a Chinese plane, deployed for his personal use, and was received by Singaporean foreign minister. Kim's move was an encouraging sign, to be sure, but it was not an agreement on "denuclearization".

North Korean-US Summit
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It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the U.S. defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings.

"We've had multiple deals with North Korea", said Green, who served as director of Asian affairs for the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. "We now know they have a pretty good track record in these negotiations - a ideal track record of cheating every time, so that's the context we now face".

The president who once described Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to destroy his country if it did not give up nukes, has not said what might happen if the summit goes the wrong way. It will be interesting to see how much he participates in the bilateral meeting and whether North Korea takes issue with his presence.

Funds for military activities are obtained from remittances that come from the forced labor of North Koreans sent overseas, as well as forced labor domestically.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States. That would avoid the prospect of Kim winning sanctions relief for gradual progress while remaining a nuclear power.

Trump said last week that Rodman was not invited to the summit.

State outlets never usually report on the supreme leader's movements in advance, owing to a level of control and paranoia which the country has operated under for decades.

"He's one of the best negotiators of all time and I'm looking forward to him adding to his historic success at the Singapore Summit", Rodman wrote. "It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done".

Sky News video showed the impressive motorcade that that carried Kim from the airport to his overnight lodgings.