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'Changed Era' As Trump And Kim Prepare For Singapore Summit

14 June 2018

This is the absolute crux of the summit and there remains a chasm between the two sides that diplomats were scrambling to close on the eve of the meeting.

In the lead up to the summit, North Korea rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and KCNA's reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant that Pyongyang wants the United States to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan.

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 denuclearization". In a video footage, Trump was seen leaving the Paya Lebar Air Base tarmac in the Presidential Beast, a vehicle that is flown around the globe for a US President's visits.

A woman guest, challenged by the same North Korean official, said she had only taken photos of the lobby and refused to show her phone.

Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

"Thank you very much", Trump said to reporters, as he turned to enter the banquet hall.

The American president tweeted Monday morning: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

The mercurial U.S. leader has whipsawed on expectations for the meeting, signalling that it could be the beginning of a "process" of several meetings, only to call it a "one-time shot" for peace as he embarked for Singapore.

Before Monday, official news outlets had reported only that the two leaders planned to meet, without saying where or when or offering any other specifics.

Before setting off, Mr Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense".

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While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. -North Korea summit will take place on June 12.

Trump will also meet with U.S. Embassy personnel later Monday. It will be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a DPRK top leader.

There has been no indication Rodman would be involved in any official talks at the summit, which is aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles in exchange for economic incentives and security guarantees.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted en route to the historic trading post of Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed.

The KCNA added that Kim was accompanied on his trip to Singapore by officials, including Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Ri Su-yong, vice WPK chairman on worldwide affairs, and No Kwang-chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces.

Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

UN Security Council Resolution 2270 forbids loaning aircraft, ships and crew to North Korea, but Beijing apparently had USA approval.

'Changed Era' As Trump And Kim Prepare For Singapore Summit