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Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

It would be the first summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

For more on the meeting in Singapore, we cross to Oliver Miocic in Seoul. News that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea was front page news with a big photo of him shaking Kim's hand the following day in the ruling party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

Howard has been making quite a splash on social media, posing alongside Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan, holding an unofficial summit of their own on the sidelines.

Trump on Sunday called the unprecedented summit, at which North Korea's nuclear arsenal will be at the top of the agenda, a "one-time shot" at peace.

After that secretive summit, Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe the hawkish security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with US allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

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That may be even more important to Trump in the wake of the disastrous G-7 summit. Last week, Trump expressed his hope for the normalization of relations with Pyongyang following the summit and did not rule out the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons. The meeting was initially meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, but the talks have been portrayed by Mr. Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

Some 2,500 journalists are reporting on the event, which is costing Singapore government about SGD 20 million.

"I think we should take some optimism from that reporting", the official said. "It's never going to be there again".

"The fact that we prepared this in two weeks, this adds to logistics demands by officers who worked around the clock", Shanmugam said at a security briefing yesterday.

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