North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un To Arrive In Singapore On Sunday


READ MOREA brief history of Singapore where Trump will meet Kim

Kim's agenda includes two immediate goals: to alleviate the threat of a United States preventive military strike against nuclear and missile facilities on North Korean territory, and to get the worldwide community to lift economic sanctions against North Korea.

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Mr Kim give up his nuclear weapons.

North Korea's secrecy would make it hard to end its nuclear program quickly, said Robert Einhorn, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Trump is probably "talking about a statement of intent, not about signing an actual peace treaty, which would require a number of time-consuming steps and negotiations to complete", Ferial Saeed, a former State Department official, wrote recently.

"What has been done before hasn't worked", Trump said, accusing "haters" of saying he was gifting Kim the meeting. And he may have achieved this under false pretences.

The Southeast Asian financial hub has been bracing for the arrival of Trump and Kim - and thousands of reporters - next week, and has announced flight restrictions and police checkpoints around key meeting spots. Three years later North and South Korea became sovereign nations, and two years after that, on June 25, 1950, the North sneak-attacked its southern rival, looking to unify the peninsula by force.

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"The president on Saturday said that he has a "clear objective" heading into the Singapore summit, but that 'it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment" because Kim has "never been tested".

It wasn't a departure from this policy for Trump to agree to meet Kim. I don't think they will try and kick out the president.

"What happens after the agreement, that's really the big point", said Trump.

Since then, however, Pyongyang has appeared less willing to denuclearise than the South Korean intermediaries indicated.

How long will it take?

A half-mile away at the Shangri-La Hotel, where the US side will stay, Secret Service agents, in a casual uniform of khakis slacks and dark polo shirts, milled about the lobby.

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The U.S. leader described the summit as a "one-time shot" for Kim, adding he expects the conversation with North Korea to last for more than just one meeting.

Asked how long it would take for him to know if Kim was honest about giving up nuclear weapons Mr Trump said: "I think within the first minute I'll know".

"I don't think I have to prepare very much".

"We're going to raise every issue, every issue will be raised", he said.

President Donald Trump's on-again, off-again meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on again and set for Tuesday in Singapore. Kim, meanwhile, "is focused on the survival of his regime, beginning with the recognition of his country as a legitimate state, followed by an easing of economic sanctions", Yun wrote.

Trump "likes it when "experts" are on CNN freaking out", the source said.

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The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war saw the US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul fight their way to a stalemate against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by Russian Federation and China, before the conflict ended in stalemate and an armistice which sealed the division of the peninsula.

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