Published: Mon, June 11, 2018

At the Trump-Kim Summit, Human Rights Are on the Agenda

At the Trump-Kim Summit, Human Rights Are on the Agenda

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

It is less than 24 hours until the historic summit in Singapore between the United States and North Korean leaders. President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said "it's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well".

Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore. "Given the history of the way KCNA has reported, I think that is a sign for optimism". "I hope that after this summit the world is a safe place", the faux Trump told.

Trump will hold a press conference and leave Singapore later Tuesday, the White House said, noting that negotiations "have moved more quickly than expected".

Mr. Trump has made clear that his goal is denuclearization.

Whatever the results, it will be one of the more unusual summits in recent history as a flamboyant, often erratic United States president gets a close-up look at a hereditary socialist despot who sits on a nuclear weapons programme.

Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven + major industrialised nations that cast a cloud over his efforts to score a major foreign policy win in the nuclear talks.

Pompeo has disputed the notion that the president is moving the goalposts, telling reporters that Trump "has always understood that this was a process."

The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.


There have been failed diplomatic attempts by US presidents for decades to stifle North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

Olivia Enos of the USA -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns. The secretary of state has traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim and will participate in the Singapore talks.

On Monday morning, North Koreans woke up to the news that Kim had arrived in Singapore for the "historic" tête-à-tête.

It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

Pompeo's firm line on sanctions relief suggests that the U.S. is looking for a short transition toward denuclearization, according to Zhang Baohui, director of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Trump has enjoyed all the attention attached to his unprecedented sit-down with Kim, basking in suggestions that he might be a candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize. This time, much like last, Kim has agreed to a seat at the table, but is reportedly refusing to sit on any of the summit's public toilets. "It's not a one meeting deal", he said.

Security is tight ahead of the summit between two unpredictable men who in the past have threatened to destroy the other's country during the stand-off over North Korea's nukes. We will have seen each other.

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