Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

North Korea's Kim expected to land at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday

North Korea's Kim expected to land at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday

A black-and-white photo taken more than six decades ago shows North and South Korea coming together to sign armistice documents - which put a stop to roughly three years of fighting between the two countries - but didn't necessarily end the Korean War.

President Trump confirmed human rights was not mentioned in his meeting with the North Korean delegation at the White House last week. But amid the curiosity is an even more fundamental question: Why is he taking this risk at all?

While 2018 started off positively the summit was placed in doubt following fiery exchanges between Mr Trump and North Korea.

Trump's comments, made shortly before his departure for Singapore, underline his recent efforts to curb expectations for the summit, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

According to the United States president, who earlier this week said that he "didn't have to prepare very much" for the meeting other than ready himself to "get things done", much will hinge on Kim's character and openness to genuine negotiation. The newspaper said the vehicles weren't from a local authorized dealer, which suggests the cars were brought in specifically for the summit and may be used by Kim.

"Kim Jong Un is revered as a god-like being in his country, while outside the North, he's been subject to hostility because of the way his regime is run, and that's enough to always cause safety concerns for his officials", said Chae. He said he was told to stay away from Sentosa Island and the Shangri-La Hotel. How can such rallies take place there?


On his flight to Singapore, Kim Chang Son was filmed by Japanese broadcaster TBS looking at documents that read: "To guarantee success of the (US-North Korea) summit, the first and second priorities will be to ensure the safety of Chairman Kim Jong Un". South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St. Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured.

Sean Kim can't wait for the summit.

Trump then launched into a rambling monologue in which he appeared to compare meeting the North Korean leader with deciding if he might have a schoolyard crush on someone.

Speaking to Singapore media at the International Media Centre ahead of the planned Trump-Kim summit on Tuesday, Mr Lee said: "In terms of direct impact, (hosting the summit) gives us publicity".

In their letter, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for any agreement with North Korea to meet five key points: that all weapons of mass destruction be removed or dismantled; that there be no uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing; that it end all ballistic missile testing; that it allow "anytime, anywhere" inspections of its facilities; and that a deal be permanent.

"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs.

Trump is scheduled to arrive at Singapore's Paya Lebar Airbase at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday and go to the Shangri-La Hotel, according to the White House. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

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