Host Country Singapore Shells Out R195-Million On Trump-Kim Summit

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

Trump tweeted early Monday.

President Trump traveled to the summit - which will be the first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader - from a G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada. "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

President Donald Trump has arrived at Singapore's government house for a meeting with the island city-state's leader.

Kim and Trump arrived in tropical Singapore on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check.

Before setting off, Mr Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense".

Trump and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng) are meeting Monday at the Istana house. "Right now, the level of tariffs on trade in goods around the world is lower than it has been for 150 years", said Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, to the Financial Times, "and that is due to the path of USA policy over the last 75 years".

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearization as the US defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings.

Since January, the DPRK and South Korea have been advancing in the normalization of their ties with frequent meetings of officials and among their top leaders, who have reached a favorable consensus for bilateral reconciliation.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome. But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power. He waved from the stairs of Air Force One, was warmly greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, and then disappeared into his limousine.

The American president traveled to Singapore from Canada and the tensions of the G-7 summit that centered largely on disputes over trade.

Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the USA president.

USA and North Korean officials are meeting Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

"We are also planning a briefing by senior administration officials in the filing centre at the JW Marriott tentatively scheduled for 5pm local time", she said in the briefing note issued in Washington yesterday. Trump has offered few details of what a framework for that process would look like.

Even after touching down in Singapore, it was clear that the trade disputes with USA allies in Quebec continued to rankle Trump. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

"That is a different phrasing from this very broad denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", he said.