North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

Roman Schwartz
June 11, 2018

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNew Arab Gulf council reflects shift in strategy, leadership Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of Tuesday summit By law, Trump must discuss human rights with Kim MORE on Monday told reporters in Singapore that the US will only agree to the "complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any US president who wanted to do it and the point is no USA president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea. North Korea is seeking a security guarantee - possibly including a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War - and the removal of the U.S.'s nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan. But he says if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".

Korean Studies Institute director David Kang said: "The most we can hope to get out of this is that Kim and Trump find that they can have some working relationship".

Some foreign-policy experts said the breakdown at the Group of 7 meeting would play to North Korea's advantage, since Mr. Trump can ill afford a second failed summit, back to back.

Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit.

"There are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude".

Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an worldwide endeavour.

Kim met with Lee on Sunday.

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Kim arrived in Singapore aboard an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang Sunday morning ostensibly bound for Beijing, then changed its flight number midair and headed south.

Singaporean security guards outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, where North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is staying.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

"I'm very optimistic we will have a successful outcome with the two leaders", he said.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

"North Korea can not denuclearise completely right now and hope to be safe from a president who said we're going to rain fire and fury on you, from a country that's been calling you evil for 25 years", said Horacio Falcao, a negotiations expert at the INSEAD graduate business school in Singapore.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

Trump has said he doesn't think he needs much preparation for this summit.

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