Kim Jong-un, North Koreans called 'masters at managing the media'

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

Kim is to meet Trump on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of his nuclear program.

Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a summit meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the first between incumbent leaders of the two countries since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Famed North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee informed the nation that Kim had landed, declaring that the summit was a "historical first" that is "garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world".

But for Trump, even if Kim submits to an open-ended, unverified commitment to "complete denuclearization", it'll become apparent sooner or later that it was North Korea that ended up getting the better end of the deal - and that's even before we get to other topics on the U.S.

North Korea should be asked to rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which it left in 1994, and should be obliged to join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, even though the United States is not itself a member, he said. Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a "comprehensive" and "historic" document after their summit, but the details of that document have not yet been specified.

And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.

Trump on Monday forecast a "nice" outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view.

By contrast, Pompeo did suggest that the US was prepared to make unspecified concessions to North Korean security concerns before the total dismantling of its nuclear program was achieved.

Commuters read news of Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, at a train station in Pyongyang. The characteristic displays of pique were a potential distraction from the summit that Trump has hoped to make a legacy-defining moment and that aides and political allies have seen as a welcome break from the Russian Federation investigation and other domestic woes.

Trump yesterday met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍), was feted at lunch with an early birthday cake (his birthday is Thursday), and then went back to his hotel, the Shangri-La.

Pompeo said "any suggestion that the United States somehow lacks the technical expertise across government, or lacks it on the ground here in Singapore, is mistaken".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meanwhile told reporters he was "very optimistic" about the summit, and insisted the USA was willing to offer Pyongyang "unique" security guarantees if Kim's government signed up for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation, or "CVID".

Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road on June 10 ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he left the G7 summit early and alienated leaders with a refusal to agree to a post-meeting communique on trade policy.

Two North Korean officials, whose identity could not be confirmed, were seen returning from the shopping trip with bags from the NBC Stationery and Gifts shop. "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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