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NKorean leader Kim arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 10, 2018-

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore on Sunday for an unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump, reported AFP. The US president will arrive later today.

The Trump-Kim summit is being viewed as an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War and it is the first time a North Korean leader has met a sitting US president.

The historic meeting between the two leaders will take place at the island resort of Sentosa on Tuesday.

According to BBC, before setting off, US President Trump described the summit as a "one-time shot" at peace and said the two were in "unknown territory in the truest sense".

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Kim give up his nuclear weapons, read the BBC report, adding that the US wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

However, the US is not expecting to get a final deal in Singapore. President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said: "It's going to be a process."

The BBC report, quoting US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, stated that North Korea will "receive relief" from the grip of UN sanctions only when steps to denuclearization are taken.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim has also said he now wants to focus on building the North Korean economy - and thus wants sanctions relief and international investment, read the report.

According to the reports, Singapore is only the third country North Korean leader Kim has visited since he became the nation's leader in 2011.

Earlier, in March, the North Korean leader had made his first trip abroad to China and in April he became the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea where he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom on their mutual border.

As per the report, the US president has said that if he thinks things are going badly, he will walk out of the meeting, but if things go well, the North Korean leader could receive an invitation to the White House.

Published: 10-06-2018 15:39

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