Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

13 June, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

Trump holds up a document signed by him and Kim.

Even Kim recognised how freakish a meeting it was; a meeting of equals between the leader of an impoverished rogue nation and the president of the most powerful country in the world.

Critics of Trump, however, were quick to point out that the USA president had given legitimacy to a murderous regime responsible for the starvation and death of tens of millions of people. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mentioned that the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

The leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un proclaimed his "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, following a landmark meet between the two leaders in Singapore.

The US side however reportedly believes that an immediate tangible outcome is unlikely following the meet.

Suzanne DiMaggio, who facilitated the first official discussions between North Korea and the Trump administration a year ago, recently said that without aides present "the fear is that he [Trump] might give away too much".

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As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and an Gulfstream 550 early warning aircraft circled. "The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of them and we are here today".

"I don't think anybody should doubt the unique and important role China plays in this process", Wang said.

Kim also expressed optimism, saying through a translator that he and Mr. Trump had an "historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind".

The historic summit between Kim and Trump is set to take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa this Tuesday.

Mr Trump and Mr Lee had a private, one-on-one meeting that lasted about half an hour.

The "madman" comment also came after a historic televised statement from Kim, in which the North Korean leader called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

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A US official cited by Bloomberg predicted the meeting will go into the evening and potentially end with a joint resolution. Since then, the path to the summit has been rocky, with Mr Trump at one point calling it off completely.

Kim and Trump have also agreed to work together on the recovery of remains of soldiers from both sides who died in the Korean war.

"If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase", he said.

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

Officials of the two sides held last-minute talks to lay the groundwork for the summit of the old foes, an event nearly unthinkable just months ago, when they were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

On Saturday, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told reporters at Beijing Capital International Airport that his country would give the same warm welcome to the North Koreans as they have done to other state guests.

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