Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

The main issue under discussion at the Trump-Kim summit will be North Korea's nuclear weapons, which the United States is demanding Pyongyang give up.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends", he told reporters.

The Yomiuri Shimbun Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the decision to hold talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, while expressing his expectation for progress on the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea and other issues.

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"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", he said, after saying that the USA objective remains the permanent, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea. We're not going to relieve sanctions until such time as we achieved our objectives.

He said his talks with Kim on Wednesday had been "warm", "constructive", and "good" and that he made clear that if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the U.S.is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea.

But he stressed that this would require a "robust verification" programme by the U.S. and other nations. CBS News referring to the sources stated that the leaders of the USA and North Korea are choosing the place of a bilateral meeting - it will be either Mongolia or Singapore.

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"As long as relevant parties eliminate the hostile policy and security threats against North Korea, Pyongyang does not need to have nuclear weapons, and denuclearization is achievable", said Kim, according to the Chinese statement.

By apparently agreeing to meet Mr Trump 5,000km away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Kim revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

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He did not mention other adversaries by name, but Pompeo and others have often noted that the USA played a major role in rebuilding Japan and the European axis powers in the wake of the Second World War.

The call between Chinese and American leaders came just hours after Xi met with Kim on Monday and Tuesday in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, their second meeting since late March. But while the US demands an immediate dismantlement of the nuclear program, Kim has called for a phased and synchronized approach, leading skeptics to believe his real intention is to win sanctions relief. He's speaking the day after he returned from Pyongyang with three American detainees released by North Korea.

"We had good conversations about the histories of our two nations", he added.

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