Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Kim Jong Un's Jogging Bodyguard Unit Make Another Appearance in Singapore

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader’s arrival Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of high-stakes summit
Ebony Burgess | 11 June, 2018, 10:57

The social media platform has released various hashtags for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event as White House officials prepared for the critical meeting on Tuesday with Kim. U.S. officials were quoted as saying that the two leaders could spend the first two hours alone with translators but not advisors.

Earlier this month, Singapore's defense minister said the USA trade threats were as disruptive to the global order as China's military deployments in the disputed South China Sea.

Among those representing the USA at the lunch were Secretary of Secretary Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"When the (US and North Korea) asked us to host the meeting, we could not say no". He also told Lee the decision to hold the summit in the island city-state of Singapore was "made very consciously" and offered his gratitude.

Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage, which stressed that the talks with Trump would be focused on forging a relationship that is more in tune with what it called changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear weapons state - its desire for a mechanism to ensure a lasting a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearization.

Kim had "expressed his deep thanks to the Singaporean government for its honest cooperation of providing all conditions and best conveniences for the historic DRPK-US summit meeting", KCNA reported.

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The tests came amid a campaign of "maximum pressure", led by the United States, that tightened economic sanctions against North Korea and raised the possibility of military action.

It was not clear what Kim Jong Un, who arrived Sunday afternoon, was planning to do on Monday or whether he meant to leave his hotel, the St. Regis, about a half-mile from where Trump's delegation is staying.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person. "The scale is bigger, the number of journalists coming is huge, even more than what we had for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank meetings (in Singapore in 2006)", he said.

Kim, who met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday after arriving, thanked him for hosting the event.

Mr Kim's Air China flight from Pyongyang touched down at the VIP terminal of Changi Airport on Sunday at about 2.40pm, while Mr Trump's Air Force One landed at Paya Lebar Airbase close to 8pm.

Security around Kim's hotel was extremely tight and guests were prohibited from going in and out, hours before Kim's black Mercedes Benz limousine cruised in. The North Korean leadership, including Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui has also taunted Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

South Korean president Moon Jae-in was not expected to arrive in Singapore on Tuesday, which also lowered expectations about whether a comprehensive peace treaty to end the Korean War would be formally signed.

The previous U.S. stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".

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In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, " Didn't you guys burn down the White House? " referring to the War of 1812 . Mexico had signaled last week that it meant to retaliate against the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

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