North Korea's Kim to tour Singapore sites on eve of summit

North Korea's Kim to tour Singapore sites on eve of summit

North Korea's Kim to tour Singapore sites on eve of summit

Kim is in Singapore for a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit, set to held on Tuesday (June 12), between a leader of North Korea and a sitting United States president.

She said Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was set to hold a working group with a North Korean delegation at 10 a.m. Monday.

However, Trump and his aides insist that a US -led "maximum pressure" campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table.

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.

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to get rid of his nuclear weapons, though he has said it may take many more meetings to get to that point.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the "ultimate objective" of a historic summit with North Korea had not changed and the United States was "eager to see" if North Korea was honest about denuclearization.

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"The Police seek the understanding and cooperation of the public as these measures are necessary to ensuring the security of the summit", it added.

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.

"Trump will hype this relentlessly, no matter what comes of it", tweeted Robert E Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea who is town to comment on the summit for the BBC.

Mr Kim, who is the chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea, headed to the Istana on Sunday where he met Mr Lee for the first time. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. Kim has led the USA team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.

Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear programme, which experts believe he sees a vital to the survival of his family's dynastic rule.

The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party, also featured his departure in a full-color two-page spread, declaring on the front page that he was leaving in a Chinese plane for a "historic summit" with the USA president.

The agreement required Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.


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