Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Kim and Trump both arrived in Singapore a few hours apart on Sunday.

Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Menendez spoke Sunday on ABC's "This Week" as President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's talks with Kim.

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.

Some critics have said the summit is being rushed through, with Trump keen to chalk up his first major foreign policy achievement.

US allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of global precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday. A large limousine with a North Korean flag was surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted window as it sped through the city's streets.

The historic meeting between the two leaders will take place at the island resort of Sentosa on Tuesday. If you're not going to be able to walk away - we didn't walk away from the awful Iran deal that was signed, and if you look at what's happened, since I signed that deal, Iran and in all fairness, I say it with great respect for the people of Iran, but Iran is acting a lot differently.

The meeting was briefly called off when a top North Korean official said the county was ready for a nuclear showdown and called Vice President Mike Pence "a political dummy".

In a statement released by the state news agency KCNA, it said the two leaders would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" for the Korean Peninsula, the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern. And yet denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, how to define it, what verification might look like, over what timescale it should unfold, in return for what level of U.S. economic aid and security guarantees and the lifting of what sanctions - and, and, and - is pretty head-scratching, complex stuff.

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Critics worry Kim has already won by scoring such a high-profile meeting.

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The pictures of Mr Kim sashaying into the office of the Singaporean prime minister, accompanied by aides in the same trademark oversized military hats.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people", Mr Trump said at a press conference in Charlevoix, Canada, where he attended a summit of leaders from the Group of Seven nations.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

Trump acknowledged uncertainty around the highly anticipated summit, saying he was bolstered by discussions in the run-up to the meeting and would not guarantee a specific outcome from the talks.

North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.

North Korean soldiers keep watch toward the south in the village of Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 17. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, but not a formal peace treaty.

"We suspect it'll be more of a pronouncement in which the two countries express interest in that direction, and then the details will get bogged down", Sen.

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