The Trump-Kim peace summit has been downgraded to a half-day

12 June, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Dennis Rodman looks out at the court at the end of an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang North Korea

Donald Trump has met Kim Jong-un, shaking the North Korean leader's hand and posing for the cameras at a historic summit in Singapore. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

The KCNA news agency said the two leaders will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" during their meeting at the five-star Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the preparatory talks were moving quite rapidly and "and we anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated".

The North Korean leader then traveled to the St. Regis Hotel - where he will be staying for the duration of the visit - in his armored limousine, which arrived on a separate flight.

The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Trump and his senior officials have in recent weeks been referring to Kim as "Chairman".

Trump was presented with a birthday cake by his Singaporean host.

But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by Tuesday evening, meaning his time with Kim would be fairly brief.

"I think that I brought awareness to a lot of things around the world and I think North Korea has given a lot of people the opportunity to do this conference now and I hope it's a success", Rodman told reporters.

El líder norcoreano Kim Jong-un y el presidente de EEUU Donald Trump
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The two leaders are at the site, with Kim arriving at 8:55 p.m., and Trump showing up five minutes later.

Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

The results from previous summits and peace talks show that getting North Korea to seriously commit to denuclearization at any level is an huge challenge.

"In light of how many flimsy agreements the United States has made in previous years, this President will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the North Korean threat". Meanwhile, Mr Kim has called Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

A sit-down with the U.S. president is something North Korea has long pushed for.

North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders.

For both men, the summit, the first between leaders of North Korea and the United States, is likely to be a defining moment of their careers.

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