Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit
11 June, 2018, 07:20 | Author: Mary Valdez
Kim's explosive personality is particularly relevant because going into the North Korea summit, President Donald Trump has suggested that the meeting will be less about preparation and more about attitude.
The one thing that North Koreans can't know, according to Kim, is the actual disparity between the country and other nations like the US, South Korea, or China.
Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, June 10, 2018.
Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.
A few hours after that, Balakrishnan was on hand when Trump stepped off Air Force One.
As Kim's motorcade approached the St. Regis, another two North Korean video cameramen in black suits emerged through the sun roof of a black SUV, filming the crowd.
Trump's diplomacy with North Korea has been cheered on by South Korea, whose new leadership is more supportive of engagement with the North than any South Korean government in years.
He added that the summit is an opportunity to "show what Singapore can do" and expressed confidence that it would bring positive publicity to the country. "They have no way to obtain information about what South Korea or the United States look like".
"From our point of view it's important that the meeting take place, and that the meeting sets developments on a new trajectory - one that will be conducive to the security and stability of the region".
In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".
Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war past year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.
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But last month, Trump abruptly cancelled the Singapore summit, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang.
Publicly, so far, Trump has offered Kim no more than economic aid and a guarantee he will not be overthrown by the US.
Security for Kim Jong Un at his first meeting with Trump is expected to be ultra-tight, with measures likely surpassing those seen at the April 27 inter-Korean summit, experts and analysts say. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. "I would say that would be the minimal".
It's not just the logistics of Kim's trip that are unclear. "Therefore, when the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we can not say no".
It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.
Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
But critics have warned that the meeting risks being largely light on substance considering what is believed to be a wide gap between the USA and the North on the denuclearization issue.
The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.
"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are".
Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and equal to the USA domestically and, internationally, as the leader of a "normal country" worthy of respect.
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