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U.S. to offer ‘unique’ guarantees to North Korea

14 June 2018

The US president and North Korean leader pledged at a summit in Singapore on Tuesday to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

That's a massive shift in Kim's public persona, and it might show one of the reasons both Trump and Kim were eager for this meeting to take place: Regardless of what actually happens, worldwide summits can be a pretty big PR boost. A working lunch is also scheduled for 11.30am with Kim due to leave Singapore at 2pm.

Even though Pompeo kept an optimistic tone throughout his speech, it is still unclear whether this first historic meeting between the two presidents will end in paving the way to diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea or will deepen the dissent between the two countries.

When asked if removing USA troops from South Korea is one the topics that is on the agenda for the president's meeting with Kim, Mattis replied: "I don't know".

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman and Chris Volo right arrive at Singapore's Changi Airport on Tuesday
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman and Chris Volo right arrive at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Tuesday

"The world will see a major change", the North Korean leader said through an interpreter.

"We will be fine!" he tweeted.

Last week, Trump told reporters that it would be easy to tell if a deal was possible with Kim in the first minute of the meeting.

Kim Jong Un was also quoted saying that he "got to know Singapore's economic power and development as well as their wonderful rise" through the tour of the city. He said the USA would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal. On the other hand, the pressure on Trump to gain something out of this highly-anticipated meeting has also mounted.

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SHAPIRO: NPR's Elise Hu covering this summit for us in Singapore. The Kim regime has said that it may be willing to tolerate the presence of USA troops in South Korea, a significant departure from its previous stance on the issue.

The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.

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Kim spent much of the day out of public view, sparking media speculation he was planning his strategy for the Tuesday summit with Trump.

After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying on Monday, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Kim and Trump are staying in hotels that are less than 600 meters apart, but each leader spent about 20 minutes by vehicle to reach their destination in Sentosa Island.

The United States and South Korea are not now talking about withdrawing any of the roughly 26,000 US troops on the Korean peninsula, Mattis said at a Pentagon press briefing. We think this is both necessary and appropriate.

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U.S. to offer ‘unique’ guarantees to North Korea