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Kim Jong-un Arrived in Singapore on Chinese Premier's Private Jet

Kim Jong-un Arrived in Singapore on Chinese Premier's Private Jet

The summit is seemingly created to focus on North Korea's nuclear arsenal, though the details surrounding it remain hazy and it's not clear exactly what Trump and Kim will discuss when they initially meet. However, he took a U-turn soon and said the White House was proceeding with the preparations for the summit. On several occasions in May, the USA had said it was likely that the meeting would be delayed, but the biggest hurdle was when the United States had called off the summit.

Even so, the summit continues to be a sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express opinions about it.

She came into the global spotlight earlier this year as she attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, leading the North Korean delegation at the games.

Given the uncertainty and the constant back and forth, there has been much speculation the world over about the possible outcomes of the Trump-Kim meeting, especially about whether Pyongyang would agree to complete denuclearisation.

Yet the next day Trump ― eager for a foreign policy accomplishment ahead of the November midterm elections ― suggested the June 12 summit could be held, after all, and he announced on June 1 that it would.

North Korean-US Summit
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The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

They also revealed who would be in the room for Tuesday's highly anticipated Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

He has been involved in the country's relations with the US and South Korea for more than two decades.

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On top of Trump's habit of untruths is Kim's record of failing to honor his word.

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Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

Many Korea pundits fear this summit will be one of two things - not very substantive, or a train wreck.

Hannity is one of the most vocal Trump allies in the media and is reportedly close with the president. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.

It was a far cry from previous year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US President as the "mentally deranged US dotard".

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of actualizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern" will be discussed, state-run KCNA reported early Monday.

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The other countries at the G-7 summit, however, rallied to Mr. Trudeau's support.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

A man walks past a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), at a train station in Seoul on June 11, 2018.

USA and North Korean officials huddled at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Monday ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

And on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to hand the dictator another victory, saying, "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique than America has been willing to provide previously". In March, Mr Trump shocked the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim to meet in person.

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