Trump-Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in Singapore on Tuesday for a highly anticipated summit. 

Here are all the latest developments:

‘Peace deal bottom line for the US’: analyst

  • Speaking with Al Jazeera’s James Bays, Alexander Neill of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said that the “bottom line” for the US and North Korea is to get a peace deal.
  • “That’s the lowest common denominator. They’ve got this far and there’s so much political capital invested in this that to not walk away with something along those lines would be quite catastrophic,” he said. 
  • An armistice ended the Korean War in 1953, but North and South Korea never signed a peace agreement and are technically still at war. 
  • The White House has said it wants to attain complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation (CVID). Neill thinks the leaders will take incremental steps towards that goal.
  • “What they’re going to be looking at I think is starting off with some cosmetic approaches, some choreography and then they’re going to move in an incremental way towards … CVID light perhaps,” he said. “This is a handshake opportunity.”  

Trump returns to hotel

  • Trump has returned to his hotel after meeting with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee. 
  • In a statement, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said “The president is well-prepared for tomorrow’s engagement with Chairman Kim. The US position remains clear and unchanged.”
  • North Korea news agency KCNA commented on Tuesday’s agenda, saying talks would focus on “the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern”.  
  • During his meeting, Trump was presented with an early birthday cake. The US president turns 72 on Thursday. 

Trump meets Singapore PM

  • Donald Trump has sat down for lunch with his Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 
  • The leaders met at Lee’s official residence the Istana, where Kim Jong-un sat down with Lee on Sunday.
  • During the lunch, Trump said he thinks “things can work out very nicely” in Tuesday’s meeting. 

At lunch with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee, Trump said ‘things can work out very nicely’ tomorrow [Evan Vucci/The Associated Press]

US-North Korean delegations wrap up meeting

  • Officials from US and North Korean delegations have finished up a meeting in preparation of Tuesday’s summit. 
  • US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim led the US delegation while Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was part of North Korea’s delegation. 
  • The meeting lasted more than two hours and took place at the Ritz Carlton.
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted the talks had been “substantive and detailed”. 

Trump-Kim meeting: Theatrics over substance?

  • The outcomes of Tuesday’s unprecedented meeting are highly uncertain, but analysts say that the mere fact is happening is a step forward. 
  • But there are doubts denuclearisation of North Korea is achievable in the short term. 
  • “North Korea cannot denuclearise completely right now and hope to be safe from a president who said we’re going to rain fire and fury on you, from a country that’s been calling you evil for 25 years,” said Horacio Falcao, a negotiations expert at the INSEAD graduate business school in Singapore. 
  • One analyst told Al Jazeera Trump will seek to promote his image as a deal-maker. 
  • “Trump is a publicity seeker. He sees the summit not as a means to an end, but the end itself. He’s much more interested in the theatrics of public policy, rather than the substance,” Resnick said. 
  • Read our analysis here

Singapore prepares for summit chaos

  • Singapore is the Switzerland of Southeast Asia, wealthy and exclusive, a politically neutral small state surrounded by larger powers, writes Tom Benner. 
  • Some 3,000 journalists are expected to descend on Singapore. Hotel rooms are at near capacity and taxi drivers are bracing for excessive demand and traffic gridlock. 
  • The Tanglin neighbourhood surrounding the Shangri-La Hotel and the entire resort island of Sentosa will be locked down as “special event” areas with security measures such as road closures and spot checks.
  • Read more about Singapore’s preparations for the summit here

Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore

  • Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of their Tuesday meeting. 
  • Kim met with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee at his Istana residence after his arrival, in talks which North Korea’s KCNA news agency said proceeded “in an amicable and friendly atmosphere”.

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