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Wow! Look who beat Trump to Singapore summit

29 May 2018

The man had been making rounds near the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Esplanade yesterday ahead of the summit on June 12, when the actual Kim Jong Un will meet with Trump - the first time a North Korean leader comes face to face with a sitting USA president.

In South Korea, it wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials, including Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to Manila, were heading to the Korean village of Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the Demilitarized Zone, where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.

Nauert provided no further details. The U.S. team was said to include Allison Hooker, a Korea specialist on the White House National Security Council (NCS), and Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of defense for East Asian and Pacific security affairs.

The two sides are also expected to hold separate talks on protocol and security in Singapore on Tuesday, with a White House team leaving for Singapore on Sunday.

The Trump administration is demanding that North Korea completely and irreversibly dismantle its nuclear weapons programme. While the high-stakes meeting may proceed as planned, experts say it's unlikely to live up to the hype as ambiguity remains about the definition of denuclearization and whether the USA can convince the Kim regime that it can remain in power after giving up its weapons.

The U.S. team was being led by former United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, the Post reported, while the DPRK team was led by Vice Foreign-Minister Choe Son Hui.

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The two sides are meeting at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village.

While both President Trump and Kim have expressed their desire to hold a bilateral summit, the two nations have remained at odds over the key issue of denuclearisation. A few hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the summit, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent North Korean comments.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed North Korea by phone on Monday and confirmed they would meet before an expected U.S.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin leads the U.S. delegation, while Kim Chang-son, a senior official at the State Affairs Commission, represents the North.

A senior North Korean official arrived in Beijing on Tuesday en route to the U.S. to hold preparatory talks over a possible summit between the leaders of the two countries, media reported. More meetings are reported to be scheduled for today.

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Lord Hague has since criticised the potential US-North Korean summit, and pointed to three possible outcomes of the negotiations, in which the North Korean leader could enjoy a "win, win, win strategy". But experts are hardly optimistic about a breakthrough, even if the meeting goes ahead.

A US delegation arrived in North Korea on Sunday as preparations for the talks continue.

Washington says it wants to see the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, in return for sanctions and economic relief. Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi was killed in an uprising several years later.

"No matter how experienced and knowledgeable these officials are, they will not be able to change the fundamental challenge between the United States and North Korea over its status as a nuclear power".

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Mr Trump said at the White House.

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Wow! Look who beat Trump to Singapore summit