June 11, 2018 09:20
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived separately in Singapore on Sunday for a summit scheduled for Tuesday.
Kim landed in Singapore at 2:30 p.m. aboard a chartered Air China plane before meeting Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana presidential palace, where he referred to the summit as "a historic meeting."
Trump arrived some five hours later and said prospects for the summit are "very good."
But preparatory talks between U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui have snagged on the question whether the two leaders will mention the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons in their agreement.
One U.S. source said, "Talks are still under way over the method and steps of denuclearization, but a satisfactory level of agreement has yet to be reached."
At a press conference at the disastrous G7 conference on Saturday before heading off to Singapore, Trump told reporters everything depends on the "first minute" of the meeting.
"It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well," he said. "How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious? ...maybe in the first minute. I think very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen. And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time."
The summit will start off at 9 a.m. with just Trump and Kim and their interpreters, followed by an expanded meeting in the afternoon that includes their staff.
Kim is scheduled to leave Singapore on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., according to Reuters.
One diplomatic source said, "The North appears to be playing a game of nerves after Trump said he could leave the meeting at any moment."
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