Kim Trump summit: Leaders meet in Singapore

Kim Trump summit: Leaders meet in Singapore

Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore only a couple of hours after Kim Jong-Un. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

President Trump gives North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a thumbs up at their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.

On the eve of the summit, Trump stayed in his hotel but Kim made a decision to take a sightseeing tour of Singapore's hot spots, visiting botanical gardens at Gardens by the Bay and posing for a selfie before making a stop at Singapore's iconic three-tower Marina Bay Sands hotel.

The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders.

"The underlying driver is a transformational process of Kim Jong-un leading North Korea into a new place in the region and the world", said John Delury, a professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.

President Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday.

It was a far cry from a year ago when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US President as the "mentally deranged US dotard".

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Lee.

The media reports on Monday followed months of only the scantest of coverage of the plans for Mr Kim to meet Mr Trump, although his summits with South Korea's President, Moon Jae-in, and China's President, Xi Jinping, received major coverage soon after they had ended.

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But that tweet arrived after the White House ruled out any role for the high-profile retired National Basketball Association player in the hotly-anticipated talks with the North Korean leader, with whom Rodman has struck up an unlikely friendship.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

Among other things that Trump could bring up during the summit are regional security concerns regarding North Korea and Japan, as well as the situation regarding human rights in the country.

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Trump has blamed past presidents for failing to resolve tensions with North Korea as it has pursued a nuclear program, testing missiles in displays of posturing and provocation.

It is the first time sitting leaders from both countries have ever met and marks a remarkable turnaround in the men's personal relationship.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

The US wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified by the worldwide community.

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.

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