In Singapore, Pompeo meets (and disputes) the press

To further ensure the secrecy of the leader’s exact route, three planes took off from North Korea at about one hour’s interval: an Ilyushin IL-76, an Air China Boeing 747 and an Ilyushin IL-62.

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“I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health”.

Actually, says another group, there will indeed be disarmament, a peace treaty ending the Korean War and North Korea’s emergence as a contributing member of the global community – but just not right now. This time they had it a bit easier, though – as the North Korean leader preferred to walk nonchalantly, enjoying the evening and clearly not being in a hurry.

Not only have Korean Central TV, KCNA news agency and newspaper Rodong Sinmun published reports on the trip to Singapore, they have also told North Koreans the exact goal of the visit – to meet the president of the United States.

This is a very high bar and probably unrealistic after one meeting.

If Kim makes such a change, he said, “President Trump is prepared to assure that there’s going to be a successful transition”. Kim called Trump “a frightened dog” and a “mentally deranged US dotard”, sending Americans rushing to dictionaries.

A report by the Korea Central News Agency said the summit would have “wide-ranging and profound talks” and noted that it is being held “under the great attention and expectation of the whole world”. The White House says that this change of plans is a product of talks moving more quickly than expected. It is not known what will be announced following the summit. “The ‘plus” refers to discussions on ending the Korean War”.

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit.

Their meeting at a luxury hotel in Singapore, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time – which is 9 p.m. on Monday night NY time – will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a United States president and a leader of North Korea.

“I told them today, take your time”.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US 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 USA and the North.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. “No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible”. “They see denuclearisation as a collective suicide (and they are probably right)”.

The North Korean leader appeared completely boxed in by several dozens of men in black when he made a decision to take a walk near the luxury St. Regis hotel, where he is staying.

But a failure Tuesday doesn’t necessarily mean a return to the animosity of 2017.

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However, he played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough and said the summit should set the framework for “the hard work that will follow”, insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un

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