Dennis Rodman Arrives in Singapore for Trump/Kim Jong-un Summit

12 June, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Donald Trump Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit

President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Its outcome could prove pivotal in determining whether the two nations pursue a lasting peace or a fresh military conflict. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

Nuclear-tinged threats. Name-calling. Missiles flying over Japan.

The North Korean dictator was surrounded by heavy security as he visited the luxury Marina Bay Sands hotel-casino.

All signs may point to a successful and historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, but the stakes are so high that the USA national security community is braced for the possibility of a rapid spiral toward nuclear brinkmanship if the talks between the two men turn sour.

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Victor Cha, also a former USA negotiator and now adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has said "the danger of a failed summit is that it could actually take us a step closer to armed conflict, because there is no diplomacy left after a [failed] summit". "We have to get denuclearisation, we have to get something going". News agency Associated Press cited a USA official saying that the two leaders will be accompanied by their translators during the one-on-one for about two hours.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing".

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"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump predicted, as he departed a G-7 summit in Canada, bound for Singapore.

He told reporters at a news conference on Monday, "We are hopeful the summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks".

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.

President Donald Trump will reportedly not bring up North Korea's human rights abuses as he meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Still, the United States is not necessarily expecting to get a final deal in Singapore. "There will no way of knowing what happens in that room, unless it's being recorded ― knowingly or otherwise", he said. He most recently travelled there a year ago as a private citizen. But lawmakers are anxious Trump might not get enough in return during his initial talks with Kim.

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Rodong Sinmun newspaper also seems to be preparing people for talks with the "enemy", publishing an editorial on North Korea's need to establish relations with other countries.

But amid the flurry of diplomacy on the peninsula triggered by the Winter Olympics, Kim reached out to his estranged protector, appearing suddenly in Beijing in March to finally pay his respects to Xi Jinping - six years after inheriting power. "As a factual matter, the North Koreans have never offered to give up their nuclear weapons".

Pompeo's firm line on sanctions relief suggests that the USA is looking for a short transition toward denuclearization, according to Zhang Baohui, director of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

Kelsey Davenport, director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, said there were signs that the gaps between the two sides were narrowing but there was also risk.

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A few weeks later, one of Lew's top deputies, Adam Szubin, used the exact same words in testimony to the Senate banking committee. Still, it went above and beyond what the Obama administration was required to do under the terms of the nuclear agreement.

Kim, on the other hand, has shown he is prepared for his moment on the world stage, and could end up outfoxing Trump, said Victor Cha, a senior adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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