Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore

Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spent his flight from Canada to Singapore "meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore". Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.

Tuesday's summit will begin with the official meeting of the two heads of state at 9 a.m. (Singapore time), with a one-on-one meeting to follow.

Singapore is 12 hours ahead of Washington, D.C.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Administration officials told the network that the USA has decided against raising North Korea's human rights issues at the meeting with Kim Jong Un.

"If the summit becomes a success, the Singaporean efforts will go down in history", Kim said.

The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months. The conflict ended in an armistice that sealed the division of the peninsula. The summit will instead focus on the country's nuclear weapons arsenal. But it remains unclear if Kim will part with what he likely views as his most important bargaining chip any time soon.

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