Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

South surveying war-split kin for planned Korean reunions

South surveying war-split kin for planned Korean reunions

North Korea has repeatedly expressed a commitment to the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" - notably in a report by state agency KCNA on the eve of the summit - but the term is open to interpretation on both sides and it remains unclear what concessions Kim is prepared to offer.

President Trump's arrival in Singapore.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage.

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional USA president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not.

On Saturday, trump tweeted that he expects Kim Jong-UN's great deeds in the name of his people.

President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base for a summit with DPRK's leader Kim Jong Un, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Singapore. The two are scheduled to meet for the first time Tuesday morning.

Senior South Korean officials, including Second Deputy Chief of the Presidential National Security Office Nam Gwan-pyo, are also staying in Shangri-La Hotel - U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary residence ahead of tomorrow's summit. "What he says, goes", Sherman said. "And obviously, what has been done before hasn't worked".

Since Kim made a decision to reach out through diplomatic means to the South in January of this year, he has signaled that he is prepared to accept certain aspects of the US-South Korea military alliance.

The first-ever summit between the United States and North Korea could bring about a historic transformation of the security order in the Asia-Pacific region that has been in effect since World War II.

Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

Previous agreements with the North have subsequently collapsed and experts warn Kim is highly unlikely to give up the "treasured sword" of his nuclear deterrent.

In return, Kim called him "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

Well, maybe, if anyone here knew it was happening. "I don't want to waste his time", Trump said.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

An air of mystery continued to surround much of the Trump-Kim summit.

"Welcomed Chairman Kim Jong Un, who has just arrived in Singapore", Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan tweeted along with a photo of him shaking hands with Kim in front of his airplane at Changi airport here.

A US official says Monday that the leaders will meet for up to two hours before an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers. Kim must not see American weakness'. But a series of diplomatic overtures involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States reduced tensions and led Trump in March to quickly accept Kim's invitation to meet.

"One of my worries is that we come out of this Singapore summit with something that looks remarkably like the Six Party Talks or anything that the president has previously criticised but it is hyped as something that's historic and new and groundbreaking", he added. He said he could invite Kim to the White House for further discussions.

Denuclearization is a lengthy process.

He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was "their own family affair".

In Canada, the USA president threatened longtime allies over trade practices at a defiant exit press conference before abruptly withdrawing his endorsement of the group's final joint statement and tweeting that host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "weak".

"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

Lucey reported from Souda Bay, Greece.

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