Donal Trump and Kim Jong-un were less than 10 minutes from each other Sunday night on the brink of their historic nuclear summit.

They were making last-minute preparations for tomorrow’s face-to-face meeting in Singapore.

They are due to thrash out America’s demand for North Korea to ditch its atomic weapons programme.

Kim flew in ahead of the US President – accompanied by two decoy jets. Trump touched down six hours later at the Paya Lebar Air Base on board Air Force One.

Last night, they were at luxury hotels less than 10 minutes walk apart.

The President has said he will quickly tell if his “mission of peace” will be a success.

He told reporters at the G7 summit before leaving Canada: “I think within the first minute I’ll know. Just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do.”

He added: “And if I think it won’t happen – I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time.

“You don’t know. This has not been done before at this level. This is a leader who really is an unknown personality.”

North Korea’s jets flew from Pyongyang – changing flight numbers en route to Singapore – amid fears that the North Korean dictator could be assassinated while abroad.

Shortly after landing, a motorcade with as many as 35 vehicles including local police escort motorcycles, left Changi Airport’s VIP complex.

The convoy headed for St Regis Hotel where Kim, in his trademark Mao Suit with buttoned-up jacket, is staying with his delegation.

At least seven bodyguards, dressed in suits and blue ties, waited at the entrance of the hotel as the motorcade arrived, and were later seen jogging by one of the black Mercedes Benz cars, which drove into the car park.

It is not certain Kim was in the car as he fears being assassinated and is well known to use body doubles.

He later held brief talks with Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Meanwhile, Trump waved from the top of the steps of Air Force One before being welcomed by Singapore VIPs.

Asked how he was feeling about the summit, Trump said: “Very good.”

He got into his waiting limousine for the trip to the Shangri-La Hotel, down the road from the Kim delegation.

The foreign leaders are set to hold their summit at the Capella Resort, ensconced amid 35 acres of land south of the city on Sentosa Island.

“We’re going to have a great success,” President Trump predicted before he left the US.

“A long time ago, this could have been solved in a lot less dangerous manner. But it wasn’t. So I’ll solve it, and we’ll get it done.”

What do the two sides want?

Trump wants North Korea to ditch its nuclear weapons, which Kim threatened to use in strikes on the US mainland. North Korea wants its own security guaranteed and sanctions lifted.

Why does North Korea worry about its security?

The 1950s conflict between North Korea and the US-backed South ended without a peace treaty, so America and North Korea are technically still at war. Kim, sees the US, with its 30,000 troops in South Korea, as a threat, and the US campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya reinforced his view that nuclear weapons are necessary to deter a US intervention.

What might be the result of talks?

In exchange for economic assistance and security guarantees, North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons.

Is accepting North Korea as a nuclear-armed state an option?

Some analysts have suggested it is the best way to ease tensions, but doing so could lead South Korea, Japan and even Taiwan to seek their own nuclear arms.

Is “denuclearisation” actually feasible?

North Korea has talked about denuclearisation for years, but it has not stopped them beefing up their nuclear arsenal and conducting missile tests.

What will happen if the summit fails?

South Korea is expected to renew diplomatic efforts to restore stability and avoid military conflict.

Posted Date : June 11, 2018
Ref : Mirror

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