Official NKorean media tell nation summit is on

Posted June 11, 2018

North Koreans have gotten their first news that their leader Kim Jong Un had arrived in Singapore for what even the state-run media was calling a historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is being considered as a major step towards the denuclearisation of the so-called "nuke-bound" nation, North Korea. A USA official says the leaders then plan to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers.

The American president tweeted Monday morning: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" Attending the lunch with Trump were Pompeo, Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on USA plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.

"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the USA, and thanks to your honest efforts".

One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the USA would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearization and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Kim had "expressed his deep thanks to the Singaporean government for its honest cooperation of providing all conditions and best conveniences for the historic DRPK-US summit meeting", KCNA reported.

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Tuesday's incidents came after weeks of deadly demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, beginning on March 30. The Israeli army said that it had repelled around 10,000 Palestinians who converged on five points of the border.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong gets into a van at the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore on Sunday.

Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. June 11 on the U.S. East Coast.

Travelling with him were top officials including foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, defence minister No Kwang Chol and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in Tuesday's summit.

President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation to discuss final preparations for the meeting.

By prominently showing the Air China jet that flew Kim to Singapore, the reports also made no secret of China's important role behind the scenes. He has also raised the possibility of further summits.

The previous U.S. stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".