N. Korean Leader Meets Singapore's Prime Minister

Singapore Deports South Korean Media Staff as Trump Kim Summit Security Tightens

The source says that the Pyongyang meeting, if it materialises, will follow up on the finer points of North Korea's denuclearisation which the two leaders are expected to broach at their first summit in Singapore on Tuesday (June 12).

USA and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted en route to the historic trading post of Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". Even as Kim arrived in Singapore on a special Air China flight Sunday, just hours before Trump, there was still no word in North Korea.

Hammering out a complete plan for North Korea's denuclearization would be "an impossible chore" at this summit, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institutiontold NPR's Windsor Johnston.

Kim and the Singaporean premier discussed "issues of developing the bilateral relations in an all-round way by invigorating wide-ranging exchange and cooperation while maintaining the excellent relations and deepening the friendly relations between the two countries".

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

The U.S. side included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and senior White House adviser Stephen Miller. Earlier this month, Singapore's defense minister said the USA trade threats were as disruptive to the global order as China's military deployments in the disputed South China Sea.

Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting USA president and the leader of North Korea.

The worldwide community hopes that the encounter between Kim and Trump will also contribute to a greater understanding, finish the enforcement of sanctions and allow once and for all to end the crisis that on more than one occasion stoked the fear of a war break in the Korean peninsula.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", said Trump, his arms folded in defensive and bellicose body language.

The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the Demilitarized Zone.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

The jet landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on the city-state island.

Trump, asked by reporters as he arrived in Singapore how feels about the summit, said "very good" before climbing into his limousine and heading to the hotel. He has also raised the possibility of further summits.

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