In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea

Journalists and White House staff stand under Air Force One, carrying U.S. President Donald Trump to Singapore for an anticipated summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, as it is stopped for refueling in Chania, Greece, June 10, 2018.

It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear.

As far as we know, his despot father only traveled out of the country by train, and rarely at that, because of fears of assassination.

President Trump has said he will use the summit, scheduled to begin Tuesday, to push for North Korea's denuclearization.

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges with Mr Kim as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of worldwide warnings.

"The dismantlement of all of its WMD and ballistic missiles will lead to a more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and a chance of prosperity for the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long".

USA allies are anxious that Trump could upend decades of worldwide precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday.

But there are doubts denuclearisation of North Korea is achievable in the short term.

Arriving on a plane loaned by China, Kim was also greeted by Balakrishnan.

He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May. Others complained about the traffic jams in downtown Singapore.

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The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".

The North may see a treaty - and its presumed safety assurances from Washington - as its best way of preserving the Kim family dynasty. "Singapore is like a police state". Trump said after a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chul at the Whitehouse.

He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

The short answer might be that, despite his safety worries, Kim could end up getting much more out of this summit than he will have to give up.

Visitors to Sentosa who are entering the island via cable cars can expect to encounter bag checks or be diverted from existing gantry lanes on the Sentosa's Gateway from Tuesday to Wednesday (12-13 June) as part of enhanced security measures for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

The summit between Kim and Trump will cap a remarkable turnaround in relations between two men who were trading furious insults less than six months ago.

It's "a sign of recognition that the North Koreans have sought for decades".

Donald Trump is promising big things can happen to the North Korean economy in return for moving away from its nuclear programme. At the root of this desire lies their central concern: "regime survival", he wrote. "And then we'll find out later that, obviously, we didn't get there in terms of, you know, our goal, which is complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of their program". Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. "The North Koreans have already gotten what they need out of this. That's what I do", Trump told reporters at a news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

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