Pompeo says North Korea will get 'unique' security guarantees

Randal Sanchez
June 11, 2018

When Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for perhaps the most significant nuclear talks since the Cold War, the American president will have his link to the US nuclear arsenal nearby at all times.

The media reports Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage of the plans for Kim to meet Mr. Trump, though his summits with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and China's President Xi Jinping received major coverage soon after they had ended.

Mr Balakrishnan confirmed that Singapore was paying for the North Korean delegation's stay, describing it as "hospitality that we would have offered".

Kim arrived Sunday on a Chinese plane, not his official plane, which is called "Chammae-1" and named after the goshawk, North Korea's national bird. There was also no sign of his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has accompanied him to Singapore.

"I think things can work out very nicely", Trump said briefly of Tuesday's summit, before a lunch with Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Kim told Lee through an interpreter.

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.

On Tuesday, June 12, the first-ever meeting of sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea will take place in Singapore. However, others reported that the Air China Boeing 747 took off before the leader's jet did by an hour or two as a security measure to avoid making his mode of transportation known.

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Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the United States and the North.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim.

North Korea had also threatened to strike Guam, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean. "There is a very wide gap between the US and North Korean negotiating positions, and finding common ground will require a sustained diplomatic process with high-level buy-in from Pyongyang and Washington", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek.

Some hope for an end to Cold War confrontation and that the North will eventually give up its nuclear weapons, others are sceptical about Pyongyang's intentions - and some say they have too many economic problems of their own to pay much attention.

Trump arrived on Sunday evening at the island city-state's Paya Lebar Air Base after traveling from Canada, where he attended a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before ...

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