Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

Enlarge this image Enlarge this image
Kenny Thornton | 11 June, 2018, 13:52

With all the worldwide attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must have been buzzing with excitement on the eve of the leaders' arrival, right?

He also thanked Lee for hosting the summit and for his "hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday.

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's flight to Singapore was a tightly planned maneuver using a decoy to throw attackers off the scent.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader.

President Trump's first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held one-on-one, according to a White House official.

Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

North Korea's state-owned newspaper Rodong Sinmun announced the summit to its people on Monday, saying the talks would focus on 'establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations... building a durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula...realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern'.

Enlarge this image
Enlarge this image

But just a year ago, Trump described the North Korean leader as "little rocket man", and warned of a USA military attack full of "fire and fury".

USA and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

Meanwhile, diplomats from the USA and North Korea met behind closed doors at The Ritz-Carlton hotel, in a bid to narrow their differences ahead of the Trump-Kim summit on Tuesday.

"And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

Pompeo traveled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face. "It's a one-time shot".

Trump and other top USA officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two-hour meeting on Monday morning was "substantive and detailed". The US president has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

Perhaps he'll offer to withdraw the 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea, Haenle said, or to pull back the so-called nuclear umbrella of protection Washington offers allies South Korea and Japan. Any deal would likely depend on North Korea's willingness to open its facilities for inspection.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

Nadal Wins 11th French Open Title
Rafael Nadal seeks an unprecedented 11th French Open title when he faces No. 7 Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final at Roland Garros. Sunday's championship victory was as convincing and efficient a Grand Slam title as nearly any other in Nadal's epic career.

Recommended

  • Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

    Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

    Trump dismissed Trudeau's comments as " false statements" before announcing the United States would withdraw from the communique. Kudlow said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and "did a great disservice to the whole G7" with his "amateur political stunt".

    Kingdom Hearts III - E3 2018 Frozen Trailer

    Let us know what you think of the new trailer below, and make sure to stay tuned for any new information that may pop up. Confirmed worlds include Big Hero 6 , Toy Story , Tangled , Monsters, Inc ., and the returning Olympus Coliseum world.
    China Has No Evidence of Alleged Illness of US Diplomats

    China Has No Evidence of Alleged Illness of US Diplomats

    The Canadian government followed suit in April and directed the families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home. Recall that from China sent several American diplomats and their family members to undergo medical examinations.
  • WOLFENSTEIN: YOUNGBLOOD Teaser Trailer Brings the War To the '80s

    WOLFENSTEIN: YOUNGBLOOD Teaser Trailer Brings the War To the '80s

    There's no sign of a Steam page yet, but if you'd like to pre-order via Amazon, you can go ahead and do that here. Pre-orders are already live on Amazon priced at $29.99, indicating it's not a full-fat release.
    Asia Argento 'beyond devastated' after Anthony Bourdain's death

    Asia Argento 'beyond devastated' after Anthony Bourdain's death

    In 2016, Bourdain spoke with CBS News' Anthony Mason. "And not many big chefs have an ego that allows them to do that but he did". Eric and La Chambard hotel staff went to his room and unlocked the door to find the chef "unresponsive", as CNN reported.
    Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

    Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

    Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around". "Our tariffs are in response to his 270 percent on dairy". Trump blamed former President Barack Obama, instead of Putin, for the annexation.
  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

    Toure previously spent two years playing under Guardiola at Barcelona , too, before he was sold to City by the Catalan coach in 2010.
    KFC To Test Vegetarian Fried Chicken Option In U.K.

    KFC To Test Vegetarian Fried Chicken Option In U.K.

    As far as its secret blend of herbs and spices, KFC says all 11 of those ingredients will be on the new vegetarian option , too. In April, White Castle introduced a plant-based version of its cheese slider in its stores in New York, New Jersey and Chicago.
    Palestinian man shot dead for throwing stone at IDF soldier

    Palestinian man shot dead for throwing stone at IDF soldier

    Village residents told Middle East Eye (MEE) that Israeli soldiers had previously threatened to kill the young man. The Palestinian Information Ministry said Israeli forces had killed Ezz El-Deen al-Tamimi, 21, in "cold blood".
  • Kevin Love Wants to Finish His Career With LeBron James on Cavs

    Kevin Love Wants to Finish His Career With LeBron James on Cavs

    With the Cleveland Cavaliers' season on the verge of ending, the NBA's next soap opera is on the verge of beginning. James already owns two homes and a film production company in Los Angeles, where the star could become a supernova.
    National Basketball Association  champion won't be invited to White House

    National Basketball Association champion won't be invited to White House

    Curry agreed with James, alluding to what his team did last season after winning the National Basketball Association title. That's good because on Friday President Donald Trump made it clear he doesn't want them there either.
    The 'trend' that is troubling the US

    The 'trend' that is troubling the US

    If you or someone you love needs help, the National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text "talk" to 741741. Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in these states, along with Vermont, New Hampshire and SC , rose 38 percent to 58 percent.

Halo Infinite announced, powered by Slipspace Engine, coming to Windows 10 Halo Infinite announced, powered by Slipspace Engine, coming to Windows 10 The game looks like it plays beautifully and the visuals throughout the new trailer are impressive , to say the least. We might see more from EA, Ubisoft, and Activision in addition to whatever Microsoft has cooking behind the scenes.

Britain's richest man offers to buy Chelsea from Abramovich Britain's richest man offers to buy Chelsea from Abramovich Last year Ineos purchased Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport, which is based near to its offices in Rolle in the Canton of Vaud. Mr Ratcliffe topped this year's Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated wealth of £21bn.

Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory Fernando Alonso's F1 future remains unclear after he retired from his 300th Grand Prix before making his Le Mans debut this week. It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap.

'Fox & Friends' Anchor Freudian Slips, Calls Trump a 'Dictator' 'Fox & Friends' Anchor Freudian Slips, Calls Trump a 'Dictator' During an impromptu conference about the G7 summit, Trump shared his optimism about the upcoming meeting with Kim. But the daughter of US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman later apologised on air for what she had said.

Gears of War 5 coming in 2019, stars Kait from Gears 4 We'll find out plenty more in the time between now and then, so we'll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground for more. Microsoft revealed a trio of new Gears of War titles today, including Gears 5 .

Bethesda Announces Starfield, an "All New Epic Franchise" Bethesda Announces Starfield, an Microsoft kicked off with a new game in the long-running and beloved science-fiction shooter series Halo, called Halo Infinite. Yep, The Elder Scrolls VI is now officially a thing, but Starfield will come first so don't expect TES6 any time soon.

Andrew Garfield Dedicates His Tony Award to LGBTQ Community Andrew Garfield Dedicates His Tony Award to LGBTQ Community Lane, who won for best featured actor in a play, said "Angels" still speaks to society in the midst of "political insanity". She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

Royal newlyweds attend Queen Elizabeths birthday parade Royal newlyweds attend Queen Elizabeths birthday parade Prince Andrew , Charles' brother, also took part as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for the first time. One point, Harry gave a very formal military salute while riding in the parade.

Gavin Patterson to step down as BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to step down as BT chief executive The cost-cutting plans were announced alongside BT's full-year results which revealed a 1% drop in revenue to £23.7 billion. The UK group said in a statement on Friday that Gavin Patterson would leave his job later this year.

North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore, on cusp of making history North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore, on cusp of making history It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal. Moon Jae-in acted as a successful facilitator in making this summit happen, while Trump wants to make a deal.

To-play The Elder Scrolls: Blades announced for mobile To-play The Elder Scrolls: Blades announced for mobile The Elder Scrolls VI will presumably be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, but we haven't the faintest idea when. Which part of Tamriel this game will be set in wasn't made clear and no release date was announced.

Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger. The top-seeded Nadal won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros in Paris against Thiem, a 24-year-old who is ranked No. 7.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix The other ace up Red Bull's sleeve will be at the start when the hyper-soft compound should offer better traction off the line. We knew that in Q3 and in general throughout the whole year with the auto , we're just lacking power.

Command and Conquer Rivals Is EA's Clash Royale Rival Command and Conquer Rivals Is EA's Clash Royale Rival Like its predecessors, Command & Conquer: Rivals features fog of war, which adds another strategic element to keep track of. Once control has been taken a missile fires and whichever team lost control gets a hit to the base.

China's trade surplus with USA jumps, global imports surge China's trade surplus with USA  jumps, global imports surge The strength of China exports to the U.S. might even have been fueled by the escalating trade dispute with Washington. Despite three rounds of trade talks, tension between Washington and Beijing has increased.