Trump, Kim to meet on Tues. amid hopes for security breakthrough

Trump, Kim to meet on Tues. amid hopes for security breakthrough

While Singapore has authoritarian leanings, it is still a thriving bastion of capitalism and wealth, and Kim will be performing his high-stakes diplomatic tight-rope walk in front of 3,000 worldwide journalists, including a huge contingent from the ultra-aggressive South Korean press - sometimes referred to by Pyongyang as "reptile media" - two of whom were arrested by Singapore police investigating a report of trespassing at the residence of the North Korean ambassador.

The Singapore government offered itself as a neutral site for the first-ever meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

Trump is offering to lift economic sanctions on North Korea if it agrees to a complete and verifiable elimination of its nuclear weapons programs.

Such a meeting was unthinkable just months ago when Trump and Kim were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war in the region.

Our resolution calls on North Korea to release its almost 100,000 political prisoners and halt arrests made on political and religious grounds. While the United States and Canada fight over dairy trade, the Kim meeting concerns the fate of nuclear weapons.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been regularly briefed by Sung Kim on the process of the negotiations, told reporters that Washington and Pyongyang have made progress in narrowing their differences over the denuclearization process.

According to a report, the North Korean autocrat's move will be minutely followed by as many as 3000 journalists until Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Donald Trump.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.

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He added in a second tweet: "Create peace and great prosperity for his land. I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!" "It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". Kim is, essentially, upsetting two decades of carefully choreographed North Korean statecraft and stepping into the unknown. "So, I really believe that he's going to do something very positive". "I don't want to waste his time".

Despite the White House's "maximum pressure" campaign, North Korea remained defiant and carried out its sixth nuclear test in September 2017. Kim's meeting with Trump comes after Kim's recent meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-YIHN'). Seoul says improved inter-Korean relations are important because Pyongyang wouldn't be willing to give up its nuclear weapons unless it feels its security has been assured.

In a meeting with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Kim was asked 14 critical questions about the North's missile program, Sherman said. To protect the state, the new leader developed the songun, or military first, doctrine, under which the military's access to resources is prioritized. He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the border Demilitarised Zone.

Washington sabotaged two previous agreements reached with Pyongyang in 1994 and 2007, reneging on promises to provide energy and other assistance.

Experts believe the North is on the brink of 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.

A day after arguing with western allies at the G-7 summit over trade, President Trump landed in Asia on Sunday prepared to declare victory in talks with nuclear-armed North Korea - regardless of what happens.

It all depends on Kim Jung-Un, the young leader who studied in Switzerland and wasn't groomed to replace his father, Kim Jong il.

Senior North Korean and US diplomats held last-minute talks in Singapore on Monday to come up with a draft agreement to be presented to the leaders of the two countries, according to officials. Kim is believed to have defied worldwide rules six times to test nuclear weapons, most recently in September 2017.

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