North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting

Eileen GuzmanJun 12, 2018

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un went on an evening tour of Singapore on Monday, posing with city-state officials at a tropical garden before visiting an infinity pool atop a landmark waterfront hotel, to the surprise of guests.

Flattery and Threats Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.

Balakrishnan, who received Kim, the Chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission, on Sunday at Changi Airport, said the summit comes after 70 years of suspicion, war and diplomatic failures.

Despite the initial high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know meeting.

Not all USA officials have joined Messrs. However, he took a U-turn soon and said the White House was proceeding with the preparations for the summit.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

North Koreans gathered outside a train station in the capital, Pyongyang, to watch news of the summit broadcast on a large screen.

Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based global trading system.

Trump, who is offering to reduce economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, also seemed to warn Kim that the summit is a "one-time opportunity" that should not be wasted.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

"Sending Kim Yong-chol to NY may serve to cut out a layer of middlemen - to get urgent clarifications and/or send a relatively unfiltered message to Washington that they are going to have to modify their approach if this is going to happen", Mr Pollack said.

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana in Singapore on Sunday. "I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen", Trump predicted Saturday.

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

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