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North Korean, US Officials Air Differences On Eve Of Summit

11 June 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday with their talks expected to center on ending the North's nuclear weapons and missile programs in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.

All his running bodyguards were decked up in black suits and blue ties.

Two separate photos from the Singaporean government and AFP show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) and U.S. President Trump arriving in Singapore on June 10, ahead of their historic summit. Trump said after a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chul at the Whitehouse.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that progress is being made in bringing the two sides together in their understanding of denuclearization.

If Trump and Kim are able to determine what the oft-repeated "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" would look like, that would be a positive first step, Wertz added.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea Summit.

Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who assisted with the lowering of tensions between North Korea and the global community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is among the North Korean delegation.

But if they don't, we'll know who to blame: not Trump's lack of preparation, but our neighbor to the north. Kim Jong-un needs to tell his people why he's willing to negotiate.

Some believe that Trump should demand complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and abandon the meeting immediately if Kim doesn't agree.

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Trump arrived a few hours after Kim on Air Force One, directly from a tumultuous G7 summit in Quebec, which ended in a bitter personal exchange between the United States president and the host, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

But the two leaders also share some parallels.

Nobody is pretending North Korea can ape Singapore but the message to Kim of the hermit kingdom is clear - come in from the cold on the steaming hot humid south Asian island of Singapore.

Lee Do-kyu, also 27 and unemployed, said the recent inter-Korean summits had raised his interest in politics, but it had waned rapidly.

Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".

Expectations for the summit were being tempered by South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who said: "The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders".

North Korea wants a staged approach to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and a security guarantee from the U.S. in return.

Kim's main concern is the survival of his own regime - South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters that the Pyongyang leader had "concerns on whether he could trust that the United States would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself". He told Lee: "We've got very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely".

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Trump.

North Korean, US Officials Air Differences On Eve Of Summit