Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Trump leaves hotel in Singapore for historic summit with DPRK leader

Top North Korean singer is part of Kim's summit entourage Ms Hyon Song Wol
Melinda Barton | 14 June, 2018, 03:46

When Trump met former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol at the White House two weeks ago, the president said they didn't discuss human rights, underscoring that it was not a primary concern.

He appeared positive that meetings between the two countries' staffs were going well, but previewed the main event.

Joseph Yun, former USA envoy for North Korea policy, alluded to that when he told a Senate hearing last week that there's a risk of "overloading the agenda" for the summit.

"They have to de-nuke. If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable". Before the watching world, they strode toward each other and clasped hands warmly before a row of alternating US and North Korean flags.

South Korea estimates the North has 50 kilogrammes of plutonium, reportedly enough for around 10 bombs, and a "considerable" ability to produce uranium weapons.

Any framework agreement would likely require assurances that Kim could keep his grip on power even without nuclear weapons. Dismantling a secret nuclear arsenal built up over decades would take several years and be extremely hard to check, they say. We both are going to do something. North Korea, however, has regularly received assistance from other nations, including Russia, Iran, and even South Korea and the United States. Seoul announced last week it was in three-way talks with Pyongyang and Washington for an "early" declaration that the war is over. An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953 between the North and the South, creating a ceasefire but not a peace treaty.

But Trump said, "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding, "Sounds a little bit odd, but that's probably the easy part".

President Donald Trump has arrived on Singapore's Sentosa Island for his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump is pushing for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation - considered the gold standard among arms control experts.

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the United States was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

North Korea is estimated to have up to 120,000 political prisoners in its sprawling gulag system.

Mr Trump famously vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if Pyongyang kept threatening the US. Trump then directed Kim to walk down a hallway, where they briefly spoke.

On Monday evening, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan took to Twitter to share a selfie of him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Singapore's famous Marina Bay Sands casino.

"The two leaders vowed to continue their close coordination following President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore". He bounced to the Singapore summit after a tempestuous G-7 summit where the USA was isolated from its key European partners as never before and Trump even derided his Canadian host, a paragon of liberal democracy, as "dishonest" and "weak".

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was deposed and killed in a Western-backed rebellion after abandoning his nuclear programme.

U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis addresses a round-table meeting in Brussels, June 8, 2018.

Trump told reporters he would "absolutely" extend an invitation to the White House to Kim, who also heralded a new era. If he resumes talking about his "maximum pressure" campaign to squeeze Kim's regime, he said last week, "you'll know the negotiation did not do well".