Trump to leave Kim summit early as U.S. says talks moving quickly

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2018

Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program.

However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

After that secretive summit, Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe the hawkish security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks.

The White House released the update Monday morning while announcing the rest of President Trump's schedule.

Dressed in his trademark, ill-fitting, dark gray Mao suit, and sweating in Singapore's tropical humidity, Kim visited some of Singapore's most famous tourist attractions.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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South Korea media outlets reported that Kim will likely stay at the St Regis, where his close aide has been based as he leads a North Korean advance team arranging security and logistics details.

Past year the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged US dotard".

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal.

When the two meet in Singapore for high-stakes nuclear negotiations, Trump will be accompanied, as always, by a staffer carrying his "button" in the form of the "nuclear football" containing equipment used to authorize a strike.

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

"No", he said, "I don't feel unsafe".

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

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