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UN Can Do Verification Role in Korea Talks If Asked -Guterres

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit Selfies, Cheers Greet Kim in Singapore
Laurie Berry | 12 June, 2018, 03:39

The official wasn't authorised to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

It will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US President and North Korean leader.

"Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong-Un, who has just arrived in Singapore", Balakrishnan tweeted.

A CNN analyst, in a report titled 'Four steps for a successful Trump-Kim summit', highlights how "it is still hard to predict how any summit will go (especially with two unpredictable leaders such as Trump and Kim)".

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges between himself and Mr Kim - as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the worldwide community.

While Mr. Trump has upped hopes for success - tweeting just before arrival in Singapore of "a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!" - his optimism comes against a backdrop in which the summit almost fell apart just a few weeks ago.

Instead, Trump has boasted of the planned meeting as a great coup, something he managed to obtain where others before have tried and failed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there is "enormous potential" for the summit, but lowered expectations about immediate denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed", Pompeo said.

Although China remains North Korea's closest ally, its government has come under increasing pressure during the past year to take a tougher approach to its communist neighbor in an attempt to rid it of its nuclear weapons.

Cheering crowds greeted Kim during his stroll, and cameras from North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency documented his every move. A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations. In an op-ed, the Associated Press has expressed doubts that Kim "would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival".

In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers who are slated to be in any U.S.

North Korean-US Summit
Image credit ULI-PwC report

Kim Jong Un has reportedly taken his own toilet to the Singapore summit where he is due to have nuclear talks with Donald Trump.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. "We now know they have a pretty good track record in these negotiations - a flawless track record of cheating every time, so that's the context we now face".

Given the uncertainty and the constant back and forth, there has been much speculation the world over about the possible outcomes of the Trump-Kim meeting, especially about whether Pyongyang would agree to complete denuclearisation.

It was Kim's only foray on Monday outside of the St. Regis hotel, where he's been staying since his arrival a day earlier. Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group's traditional closing statement.

Rodman emerged from the baggage claim area at Changi Airport around midnight Monday.

Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.

A transport plane - one of three aircraft that headed to Singapore - also carried food and Kim's bullet-proof limousine. Soon after, Mr Kim declared that his country had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state, with missiles that could reach the US.

"I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.it may not". "That's what I do".

North Korea granted such access as part of a Clinton-era diplomatic deal and agreed to freeze its nuclear material production.

It wasn't immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between USA and North Korean officials in the run-up to the Tuesday summit.

TRT World's Oliver Whitfield-Miocic reports from Seoul, South Korea.

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