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4:36, 11 June 2018

Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda


Trump Kim summit: North Korea sets out its Singapore agenda

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North Korean state media has raised the possibility Pyongyang could “establish a new relationship” with the US.

It comes a day just before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds historic talks with US President Donald Trump.

The comments are a marked shift in tone from the isolated country following decades of animosity towards the US.

Both leaders arrived in Singapore on Sunday evening. Mr Trump has said he has a “good feeling” about their considerably-anticipated summit.

He tweeted on Monday morning that there was “excitement in the air” in Singapore.

The US president, who flew in on board Air Force 1, hopes the summit will kick-commence a method that eventually sees Mr Kim give up nuclear weapons.

They are staying in separate hotels, not far from every single other, and will meet on Tuesday at a hotel on Sentosa, a common tourist island a few hundred metres off the Singapore mainland.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that senior diplomats from both countries had been meeting on Monday to attempt to draft an agreement to present to their leaders.

North Korea’s state media does not usually report on the leader’s activities in actual time, and the summit has only had a passing mention so far.

But the editorial in Rodong Sinmun confirmed that Mr Kim had travelled to Singapore to meet Mr Trump and that “we will establish a new partnership to meet the changing demands of the new era”.

It mentioned “broad and in-depth opinions” would be exchanged to “establish a permanent and peaceful regime in the Korean peninsula and to resolve troubles that are of widespread concern, which includes troubles to realise the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

“Even if a country had a hostile partnership with us in the past, our attitude is that if this nation respects our autonomy… we shall seek normalisation via dialogue,” it reads.

Denuclearisation has been the central problem in the run-up to the talks. The US desires North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but North Korea is broadly anticipated to resist that and it is unclear what it may possibly ask for in return.


Selling the summit to North Korea

Evaluation: Laura Bicker, BBC News, Singapore

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For decades the US has been a sworn enemy. There are even anti-American museums in Pyongyang.

But the state is now trying to sell the thought of talking to what it when described as “the incarnation of all sorts of evil, the empire of devils”. And that was some of its milder language.

So let’s examine a couple of crucial phrases from Rodong Sinmun.

In the English version, the summit is sold as a chance to realise “the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other concerns of mutual concern, as required by the changed era”.

It really is the “changed era” that is important. North Korea has spent decades developing up a nuclear arsenal at great private expense. Kim Jong-un needs to tell his men and women why he’s prepared to negotiate.

His New Year speech – that kickstarted this diplomatic procedure – was all about North Korea’s method of developing the economy having accomplished the objective of becoming a nuclear energy. This has echoes of that.

These pages in the paper are substantial due to the fact they pave the way for a feasible alter in the state’s message and it helps those watching argue that this time with North Korea – issues could be various.

Read much more from Laura: How Kim the outcast became popular


The US president flew in on board Air Force One on Sunday, arriving from Canada where a G7 summit ended in a war of words over trade between Mr Trump and his allies.

He was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he stepped off his plane.

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Mr Kim arrived on a plane loaned from China along with his outspoken Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, Defence Minister No Kwang-chol and his sister and aide, Kim Yo-jong.

Mr Kim was driven to the city centre on Sunday in a stretch limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 automobiles.

He met Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to thank him for hosting the summit, adding: “If the summit becomes a achievement, the Singaporean efforts will go down in history.”

Singapore’s government has said the summit is costing them about $20m Singapore dollars ($15m &pound11m) to host. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed to the BBC that Singapore was paying the North Korean delegation’s hotel bills.

Published at Mon, 11 Jun 2018 02:46:50 +0000


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