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Kim Jong-Un Meets Singapore Prime Minister Before Trump Summit

Kim Jong-Un Meets Singapore Prime Minister Before Trump Summit

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Clad in a Mao-style suit, Kim was welcomed by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the airport, a photo uploaded on the minister's Twitter account showed. "Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit".

"He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump said in May, noting that Libya "was a much different model" and not applicable in this case.

Before that, the top news in North Korea had been tremendously mundane, all things considered - a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang.

Monday's session was held for 2 hours, with the US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, taking part.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Mr Trump.

After overseeing rapid advances in North Korea's nuclear and missile technology past year, Kim now appears to be turning his attention to his country's economy and particularly to getting rid of the global sanctions that are hampering its growth.

In a statement released by the state news agency KCNA, it said the two leaders would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" for the Korean Peninsula, the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.

Such a meeting was unthinkable just months ago when Trump and Kim were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war in the region.

Despite the initial high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Mr Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you meeting.

They expect the North Koreans to ask for security guarantees, including a pledge that the United States and South Korea will not invade, and also a request for economic aid. The South Korean President is considered to be a massive impetus for these talks, a third man with a more balanced disposition for deep negotiations, and perhaps the single greatest hope that the talks have of success according to the South China Morning Post. We are where we are because Mr Trump has taken a sword and sliced his way through conventional diplomatic behaviour.

Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear programme, which experts believe he sees a vital to the survival of his family's dynastic rule. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

The summit comes after weeks of sometimes-contentious discussions and was briefly cancelled amid North Korean outrage over messaging from some USA advisers.


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