Negotiators scramble to put something together for Trump and Kim
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 14, 2018,
Jun 14, 2018, 7:23
As they sat down, Kim also repeatedly praised the "excellent conditions provided" by the host country, and remarked that "for this historical summit, Singapore has provided the necessary conditions for it to take place".
The Flightradar24 website also showed that there were no civilian planes anywhere near Kim's flight, despite it passing through a usually busy area for such aircraft.
Police have stepped up security around "special event areas" such as the summit's venue on Sentosa Island, and hotels where Trump and Kim are expected to stay.
Trump's arrival came just hours after Kim, wearing his trademark dark "Mao suit" and distinctive high-cut hairstyle, landed in the ultra-modern city-state on his longest trip overseas as head of state.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver and other officials were seen by NK News leaving the Shangri-La Hotel around 0930. "I would say that would be the minimal". Trump canceled the summit last month after both sides exchanged criticism but then revived the summit after tensions cooled.
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In March, Mr Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim - delivered via Seoul - to meet in person. "That's a tough position".
At stake at the summit are North Korea's nuclear weapons and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons. Soon after, Mr Kim declared that his country had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state, with missiles that could reach the US.
He said that although, the "maximum pressure" campaign is still in effect regarding sanctions on North Korea, "We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation".
At the G7 summit in Canada and in the hours afterward, Trump railed against trade practices that he described as unfair and said he'd given USA representatives instructions to rescind an agreement to official communique that outlined a mutual plan to ensure "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".
Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as a global player and equal to the U.S. domestically and, internationally, as the leader of a "normal country" worthy of respect.