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(US-NK summit) Expectations running high for successful outcomes

11 June 2018

It will be the first time that a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader have met. "I don't want to waste his time". He also has sought to lower expectations for the meeting, saying it may be the start of a longer process.

After his remarks, Trump headed to the Canadian air base at Bagotville by helicopter before boarding Air Force One and setting off for Singapore, where he was scheduled to arrive late Sunday.

He has also dangled the prospect of Kim Jong Un visiting Washington if the meeting goes well.

The two men will be joined later by their closest aides, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the official said.

"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting, we did not ask for it.it says something about Singapore relations with the parties. and our standing in the worldwide community", he said, according to Channel News Asia.

"We'll most likely see an unprecedented scale of protection on land, sea and air as this summit is the biggest issue in the world right now", said Chae Kyou-chir, chief executive of Top Guard, a prominent South Korean security and protection firm. Trump said Saturday that the "minimum" outcome of Tuesday's talks will be establishing a "relationship" with the North Korean leader.

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But they hope the US won't ignore North Korea's advanced chemical and biological weapons program, as well as more conventional artillery which remains a threat to the region.

Trump and other top US officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement.

USA and North Korean negotiators met in a Singapore hotel on Monday, seeking to clarify the shape of Tuesday's summit, where Trump has said he intends to guided by instinct.

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 US domestically and, internationally, as the leader of a "normal country" worthy of respect.

But it's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the USA has also drawn attention. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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"The recent example of such unilateralism and the defiance of the decisions of the worldwide community by the United States government is its withdrawal from the JCPOA", he said, referring to the nuclear agreement by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

He was driven into the city centre in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, and later met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, thanking him for hosting the event. Francis said he wanted yet again to send "a special thought in friendship and prayer" to the beloved Korean people.

With all the global attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right?

In March, Mr Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim - delivered via Seoul - to meet in person.

"Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit".

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(US-NK summit) Expectations running high for successful outcomes