Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Trump and Kim meet where fantasy castle built on the hill


South Koreans are divided on generational and political lines about Tuesday's summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting USA president of its "imperialist enemy".

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two-hour meeting on Monday morning was "substantive and detailed".

Kim was accompanied at the meeting by vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Yong Chol, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the WPK Ri Su Yong, and Colonel General No Kwang Chol - one of the three promoted in a recent North Korean military shakeup. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction.those measures will increase".

In return, he said, "we will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization is not something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said.

"And if we're not willing to do that, we're not going to get a good deal", Graham said, complementing the worldwide community - including China and Russian Federation - for standing behind Trump in regards to sanctions on North Korea.

Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday.

Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.

You would never know something as historic as the Trump-Kim summit was about to happen in the city state of Singapore.


Singaporean security guards outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, where North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is staying.

Kim met with Lee on Sunday.

The jet carrying Kim landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on this city-state island.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency earlier said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

The summit would discuss "building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and other issues "as required by the changed era".

Most experts say North Korea's nuclear program is so large and the process of dismantling it is so complex that the only way to succeed is to engage Pyongyang in gradual negotiations that could stretch for years. He told reporters in Quebec on Saturday that he'd know "in the first minute" whether he could get to a deal with Kim, repeating that he wouldn't waste his time - but suggested that the time he's invested in this initial engagement wasn't such a big deal.

In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.

But some question why Kim should trust any guarantees given Trump's history of pulling out of accords - most recently the painstakingly negotiated Iran nuclear deal. Trump and members of his team have also said that the US would be willing to guarantee Kim's safety and position in power if the country was willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

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