Monday, 22 October, 2018

Nuclear Tests Through the Years: From WWII to Kim Jong Un

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during Trump summit Modal Trigger Kim Jong Un Getty Images
Priscilla Morrison | 12 June, 2018, 05:07

Both leaders have committed to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", but it's unclear what specific steps North Korea is willing to take to get there.

Just six months after trading threats about their respective "nuclear buttons", President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in Singapore on Tuesday morning (Monday night in the US, which is 12 hours behind).

In an interview with BBC (who really got our geography wrong yesterday), Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed what everyone was guessing a week ago: Singapore is indeed picking up the hotel tab for the North Korean contingent here. Our Tokyo correspondent, Justin McCurry, and Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, will also be keeping an eye on things.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of skepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to talk to each other alone for about 45 minutes with only their translators in the room before their advisor join them.

We'll bring you the news as the day unfolds.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

U.S. and North Korean officials met Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before the first sit-down between a USA president and a North Korean leader, which is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

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After greeting each other before the cameras, Trump and Kim will kick off their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday with a one-on-one meeting, the White House said on the eve of the summit.

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday.

Singapore, the host country of the upcoming U.S.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

Choe, a vice foreign minister, is the highest-level female diplomat in North Korea.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday. USA officials have said a best case scenario would be that it serves as a launching pad for negotiations that would provide Kim with physical security and his closed off nation with economic assurances in exchange for irreversibly dismantling his country's nuclear capabilities.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

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