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Offbeat Trump and Kim could meet for second day in Singapore

03:35  07 june  2018
03:35  07 june  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Singapore will bear some costs of Trump-Kim summit: minister

  Singapore will bear some costs of Trump-Kim summit: minister Singapore will bear some of the cost of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, its defense minister Ng Eng Hen said on Saturday, a day after Trump put the meeting back on agenda.Kim's trip to Singapore, which would be the furthest he would have traveled as leader, poses logistical challenges that are likely to include using Soviet-era aircraft to carry him and his limousine, as well as dozens of security and other staff.

Plans for the meeting in Singapore had been cast into doubt after Trump suddenly announced his withdrawal last week, only to announce a day later that it could still get Trump has promised that he will provide "protections" for Kim and his government in return for giving up the nuclear program.

Speculation had been rife that the meeting , expected to focus the Kim Jong Un’s missile program, could The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018. Trump ’s statement comes just a day

On Friday, Trump confirmed that his on-again off-again summit with Kim would go ahead on June 12. © BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images On Friday, Trump confirmed that his on-again off-again summit with Kim would go ahead on June 12.

US officials have laid the groundwork for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold a second day of meetings in Singapore if the two men decide they want to continue their discussions, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Trump and Kim are currently scheduled to meet next Tuesday for the first time and the US President is scheduled to return to the US next Wednesday. But US officials in Singapore have established a contingency plan allowing for the two men to continue their discussions beyond the single day of meetings scheduled, the sources said, including setting aside meeting spaces for a second day of discussions.

Kim-Trump preparations going well, says US

  Kim-Trump preparations going well, says US The US has said preparations for next week's meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are going wellThe White House said the two men would first meet at 09:00 local time and that Mr Trump was receiving daily briefings.

On the same day in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un told Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that his commitment to “The conditions are putting President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a place where we think there could be real progress made by the two of them meeting ,” he said.

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The first meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on June 12 at 9 am in Singapore , the White House said Monday.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

It's not clear if Trump is eager for a two-day summit with Kim, but he has expressed a desire for flexibility in the negotiations and has stressed to aides and US allies that he plans to follow his gut instincts as he negotiates with the North Korean leader.

The summit will be a historic first meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.

The US has stressed that it is seeking full and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, but a week ahead of the summit, questions remain about whether Kim is truly committed to achieving that aim. US officials have stressed that is a decision Kim still needs to make.

While leaving open the possibility of a second day of meetings, US officials have been wary of overhyping expectations for what can be accomplished during Trump and Kim's first meeting.

The President joined in that effort last week when he made clear the meeting would be the beginning of a dialogue with North Korea and that it was unlikely he would achieve all his objectives in a first meeting.

"I think it's a 'getting to know you' meeting plus, and that could be a very positive thing," Trump said.

N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis .
The North Korean military shows no signs of unusual activity or being in a heightened state of readiness ahead of a historic summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. "All's quiet," Mattis told Pentagon reporters when asked his assessment of North Korean military activity. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore, capping a remarkable build-up to the summit that Trump at one point canceled.Mattis also repeated earlier comments that, as far as he knew, the large US troop presence in South Korea would not factor into discussions.

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