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DONALD TRUMP - SINGAPORE - SUMMIT

Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of Tuesday summit

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US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

Trump flew into Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One, looking to lay the groundwork for a nuclear deal with one of America’s most bitter long-time foes, directly following his divisive meeting in Canada with some of Washington’s closest allies that further strained global trade ties.

After a 20-hour journey from Canada, Trump was received at the air base by Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Asked by a reporter how he is feeling about the summit, Trump said: “Very good.” He then got into his waiting limousine.

Trump’s arrival came just hours after Kim, wearing his trademark dark “Mao suit” and distinctive high-cut hairstyle, landed in the ultra-modern city-state on his longest trip overseas as head of state.

The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between a US and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.

Such a meeting was unthinkable just months ago when Trump and Kim were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war in the region. But a series of diplomatic overtures involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States reduced tensions and led Trump in March to quickly accept Kim’s invitation to meet.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States, insisting he would swiftly achieve what previous US administrations have failed to do.

But he has since lowered expectations, saying the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea’s swift denuclearisation.

Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear programme, which experts believe he sees as vital to the survival of his family’s dynastic rule.

However, Trump and his aides insist that a US-led “maximum pressure” campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table.

Trump frequently has boasted of his negotiating prowess as a former real estate developer, and his ability to read people, even though his businesses have declared multiple bankruptcies.

He said on Thursday that he didn’t think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that “it’s about attitude”. But some US officials have questioned whether Trump was doing enough to get up to speed.

Trump told reporters in Canada on Saturday any agreement with Kim would be “spur of the moment,” underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a “mission of peace”.

That came as Trump threw the Group of Seven’s efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

Trump’s bombshell announcement that he was backing out of the G7 communique, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 10th June 2018 at 5:50 pm

    It is Trump and American busybody in affairs America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. That’s how God punish those who question His Authority. America has fallen and gone forever, now a toilet paper of 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. Whatever American empty noise with North Korea, is null and void in this 21st century world international order. North Korea or Korean Peninsula is Southern Countries Union- SCU affairs in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order in which America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 10th June 2018 at 5:58 pm

    America occupation of South Korea, Japan, Germany under 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. South Korea, Germany, Japan are free countries in this 21st century world international order in which America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. America has to move American occupation instruments out of South Korea, Germany, Japan. If America hesitate to move American occupation instruments out of South Korea, Germany, Japan, they will become properties of South Korea, Germany, Japan in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever with the fallen America, the dead fraudulent UN etc. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 11th June 2018 at 6:38 am

    Only ignorant fools do not know when the game is over. America days are over- 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. This is 21st century world international order in which America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. Trump meeting with Kim is wasting Americans tax payers money America need to take care of the millions Americans dying in poverty, money America need to pay its mountain of debt etc. Only Southern Countries Union- SCU decides North Korea or Korean Peninsula existence in this 21st century world international order. America has to withdraw its occupation instruments out of South Korea, Japan, Germany territorial sovereign states. 20th century world international order under which America occupied South Korea, Japan, Germany, is dead and gone forever. South Korea, Japan, Germany are free countries in this 21st century world international order. If America hesitate to withdraw its occupation instruments out of South Korea, Japan, Germany territorial sovereign states, America will lose them to South Korea, Japan, Germany in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order in which America has no power, has no legitimacy, has no say. God Is With Us!!!

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