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World Singapore arrests ahead of Trump-Kim talks

13:07  08 june  2018
13:07  08 june  2018 Source:   bbc.com

Singapore's foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit

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Singapore have arrested two South Korean journalists who are accused of trespassing in the home of the North Korean ambassador ahead of next week's Trump - Kim summit. About 3,000 journalists are expected in Singapore for talks between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have arrived in Singapore ahead of a historic summit over the future of Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. Mr Trump flew into Singapore 's Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One

Reporters outside Kim's hotel: Reporters have also been camping out outside the hotel North Korean officials are staying in © AFP/Getty Reporters have also been camping out outside the hotel North Korean officials are staying in Police in Singapore have arrested two South Korean journalists who are accused of trespassing in the home of the North Korean ambassador ahead of next week's Trump-Kim summit.

Police said they were called to the residence on Thursday afternoon.

Two men working for South Korean broadcaster KBS were arrested and two others are under investigation.

About 3,000 journalists are expected in Singapore for talks between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Mr Trump has said he will consider inviting Mr Kim to the White House if the Singapore meeting goes well.

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US President Donald Trump , who is on his way to Singapore , has said next week's summit with Kim Jong-un is a Washington hopes the talks will kick-start a process that eventually sees Mr Kim give up his Image caption Trump and Kim impersonators have taken to the streets ahead of the summit.

Police in Singapore have arrested two South Korean journalists who are accused of trespassing in the home of the North Korean ambassador ahead of next week's Trump - Kim About 3,000 journalists are expected in Singapore for talks between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The US and its regional allies want to see North Korea give up its nuclear weapons but Mr Trump has acknowledged that it "will take longer" than one meeting to realise that goal.

What do we know about the arrests?

Singapore police said on Facebook that two South Koreans aged 42 and 45 had been arrested.

https://www.facebook.com/singaporepoliceforce/posts/10157537022909408

Meanwhile a Mr Kim lookalike said he had been questioned on arrival in Singapore.

The Hong Kong-based impersonator calling himself Howard X said on Facebook that he was questioned for two hours by immigration officials.

"They search my bags and then told me that this is a very sensitive time to be in Singapore and that I should stay away from the Sentosa Island as well as the Shangri-La hotel in town," he said.

Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore

  Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore A Kim Jong Un lookalike said he was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump. The Hong Kong-based impersonator, who uses the name Howard X, is in the city-state for summit-related promotions by a mall and seafood restaurant.He said the police officers who stopped him at the Singapore Changi Airport searched his bags and questioned him for about two hours before letting him go.He claimed police told him to stay away from Sentosa Island and Shangri-La Hotel.

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How is Mr Trump preparing for the summit?

Mr Trump has previously had a policy of placing "maximum pressure" on North Korea to force it to change course.

But on Thursday he said he did not want to use the term any more "because we're going into a friendly negotiation", although he warned he had more sanctions he could use.

He also said he was "totally prepared to walk" if the summit did not go well, but if it did go well an invitation to Mr Kim to visit Washington was not out of the question.

Earlier, Mr Trump said he did not think preparation was essential for his meeting with the North Korean leader.

"I think I'm very well prepared. I don't think I have to prepare very much. It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done," he said

Mr Trump also dismissed speculation that US basketball player Dennis Rodman - who has visited North Korea several times and is a friend of Mr Kim's - had been invited to the summit.

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US President Donald Trump , who is on his way to Singapore , has said next week's summit with Kim Jong-un is a Washington hopes the talks will kick-start a process that eventually sees Mr Kim give up his Image caption Trump and Kim impersonators have taken to the streets ahead of the summit.

Video: Trump meets Singapore PM. Both parties have arrived in Singapore ahead of a historic coming together of Washington and Pyongyang. The talks will be the first between a US and North Korean leader and will mark a sharp turnaround in the status of Mr Kim from international pariah to

"I like him. He's a nice guy. No, he was not invited," he said. 

What moves are other countries making?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Mr Trump, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in the run-up to the summit as countries try to ensure their interests are not overlooked.

On Thursday he said he was confident Mr Trump understood Japan's concerns about its citizens who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s to help train its spies in Japanese language and customs.

Mr Abe said he wanted to "directly face North Korea and talk with them so that the abduction problem can be resolved quickly".

He also reiterated Japan's policy to pursue "real peace" in the region and said if North Korea "is willing to take steps" in the right direction it has a "bright future ahead".

Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has visited Mr Kim in Pyongyang, laying the groundwork for Mr Kim to visit President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later this year.

Mr Kim has also had two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who in turn has visited Mr Trump in Washington.

In an indication that China is still a key player in the relationship, Mr Kim has also made two trips to Beijing, meeting President Xi Jinping.

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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