Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Singapore diplomat: 'All systems go' for Trump-Kim summit

Singapore diplomat: 'All systems go' for Trump-Kim summit

The North Korean motorcade drives out from Singapore's Changi Airport after Kim Jong Un's arrival in the city-state.

Sporadic provocations by the North have continued while Pyongyang has made increasing advances in its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a U.S. invasion.

Trump and Kim plan to meet in Singapore on Tuesday.

Both leaders have arrived in Singapore for their historic meeting.

"Prime Minister Lee welcomed Chairman Kim to Singapore".

Kim has met twice with both Moon and Xi Jinping, the president of China, long the North's most important ally.

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"And again, I say that with hope that maybe something can happen", said the U.S. President.

Footage showed the bodyguards jogging next to the vehicle, complete with tinted windows and two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, as they escorted Kim to the closely guarded St. Regis Hotel where he is staying.

The historic meeting between the two leaders will take place at the island resort of Sentosa on Tuesday. "I really really appreciate it, because we are really cash-strapped", Howard X said as dozens lined up for their turn with him.

"As the venue and time of the summit have already been announced, security for Kim Jong Un will be tighter than for any other VIPs", said the professor, who was the first academic to establish a university major in South Korea on guarding and protection.

Although there are geopolitical and security interests at stake for China in the negotiations, Beijing has refrained from direct involvement in the summit between Trump and Kim.

Kim told Lee: "The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit".

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Trump was greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Asked by Stephanopolous whether Trump deserves credit for brokering the first meeting in recent history between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, Menendez said he is anxious Trump "thinks this is a mano-a-mano engagement in which he can achieve the success we want".

The high-anticipated talks had been put at risk, when, on May 24, Trump announced he was canceling the meeting with Kim over Pyongyang's hostile rhetoric.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting. He wants to make progress with the U.S., and open up his economy making North Korea a "prosperous nation". The two men are expected to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities, which the country has rapidly advanced during the past year under Kim's watch.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting... says something about Singapore's relations with the parties - with America, with North Korea - (and) also our standing in the worldwide community", said Lee.

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