United States to offer ‘unique’ guarantees to North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2018,
Jun 14, 2018, 5:05
Kim said he will "cooperate with President Trump to resolve the challenges ahead" and to overcome the skepticism and speculations about their summit. In the summit in April, the first time one of the ruling North Korean leaders crossed over to South since fighting in the Korean War stopped in 1953, saw both the leaders lay the roadmap for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace.
Kim thanked the Singapore officials for showing him around so late at night, the North's state news agency said on Tuesday.
Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here". "The meeting was far better than anybody ever predicted".
That decision has raised concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.
"Just arrived to Singapore for the Historical Summit!"
With much of the world focused on the historic summit between the two leaders, Trump also made sure to press his case that his administration had been good for the US economy. During the face-to-face talks, Trump said he had an "excellent relationship" with Kim.
Mr Trump called the leaders of South Korea and Japan in advance of the summit but South Korean President Moon Jae-in would have to be present if a declaration ending the conflict was to be signed, and he has no current plans to join Mr Trump and Kim. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit. Concrete breakthroughs may be hard to achieve in Singapore because of the huge gulf between the two sides over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile capabilities, among other sticking points. A working lunch is on the agenda after this meeting.
The first-ever talks between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader will take place in the Capella Hotel located on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
GETTY FACE-TO-FACE North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump
The two leaders are expected to meet with translators for 45 minutes, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with senior staff.
The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Mr Trump, who shocked U.S. allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the G7 in Canada to alienate America's closest friends in the West. But he thinks that his upbringing in America and his exposure to American media made him skeptical about North Korea and the summit.
North Korean leaders have been aiming to sit down with a USA president for generations.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore as President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time. Trump and Kim landed in Singapore two days ago.
Trump's motorcade pulled into the grounds of the Capella Hotel at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday local time. He again expressed confidence that Kim would surrender his nuclear weapons in exchange for economic assistance that would improve his country's standard of living.
Trump also said he would not withdraw USA troops from South Korea as part of the agreement, though he would like to "get our soldiers home" at some point.
Foreign policy expert Gordan Chang noted Monday on "The Laura Ingraham Show" that Trump's willingness to meet with Kim face-to-face is a "concession" of sorts that was necessary to bring the high-stakes meeting to fruition.