Trump arrives for meeting with Singapore leader - 6/10/2018 11:00:53 PM

14 June, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were preparing for their historic summit in Singapore as both sides tried to narrow differences before the two leaders come face to face on Tuesday.

Having left the G7 summit early after sparring on the subject of trade tariffs with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Trump tweeted a note about the upcoming summit and his hopes that it could achieve a positive result.

The JoongAng Ilbo said North Korea and the United States, when their officials met in NY and elsewhere to prepare for Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, also agreed on the need for additional summits.

Trump, who had said the young dictator had a "one-time shot" to bring his country in from the cold with the summit, arrived hours later on Air Force One at Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base.

At the G7 summit in Canada and in the hours afterward, Trump railed against trade practices that he described as unfair and said he'd given US representatives instructions to rescind an agreement to official communique that outlined a mutual plan to ensure "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

According to images released by the Singaporean government, Kim arrived on an Air China plane.

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The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but it is not clear what Pyongyang might want in return. "It's never going to be there again", Trump said on Saturday.

Trump thanked Lee for Singapore's hosting of the summit and expressed the US' continued commitment to engage the region.

Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added.

After a flurry of diplomatic efforts, including a White House meeting between by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Trump, the proposed summit was put back on.

Trump's two-day stop in Quebec for a meeting with the leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations was exactly the fiasco many feared.

Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

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Mr Trump and Mr Kim have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months, trading insults and threatening war before abruptly changing tack and moving towards a face-to-face meeting.

The lead-up to the conference has been very shaky since it was first conceived in May, with several cancellations and threats of cancellation having taken place between the two mercurial leaders, mostly mitigated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Mr Kim was driven to the city centre on Sunday in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Singapore, said Trump has been sending "mixed messages" to Kim ahead of their meeting.

Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed.

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