Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

The Trump-Kim peace summit has been downgraded to a half-day

Dennis Rodman Lauds Trump as 'Greatest Negotiator' and Shares an Appropriate Gift He Gave North Korea North Korea leader Kim arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump meeting
Laurie Berry | 12 June, 2018, 05:13

They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis.

At its opening in 2010, Marina Bay Sands was the world's most expensive stand-alone casino, featuring 500 tables, 1,600 slot machines, and priced at around $6.6 billion Dollars.

Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed.

United States and North Korean leaders are set to meet for nuclear talks in Singapore on Monday.

In part, these lowered expectations are a reflection of the extreme skepticism among many that the North can be persuaded to give up a nuclear programme it has stubbornly built over the decades, often in secrecy and despite intense sanctions, global condemnation and widespread suffering among its people.

The results from previous summits and peace talks show that getting North Korea to seriously commit to denuclearization at any level is an enormous challenge.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

It was a far cry from past year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US President as the "mentally deranged US dotard".

He said on Thursday that he didn't think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that "it's about attitude".

Responding to a reporter's question on the subject, the secretary of state added that the U.S.is "prepared to take actions that will provide [North Korea] sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them".

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It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials.

The Trump-Kim summit, which will be held at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday morning, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting U.S. president.

The real North Korean leader and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea.

A successful summit could also herald momentous changes in the security landscape of northeast Asia, in a similar way to how the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 changed Europe. He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - traveling twice to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarised Zone for recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea, respectively.

But it's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

Trump has in the past week described the meeting as the first in a process and meant for the two leaders to get to know each other.

"Trump" and "Kim" also signed a peace treaty on the crab shells.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting. Pyongyang's weapons program benefits from forced labor.

Following that test, North Korea declared its state nuclear program was complete.

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