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

Jermaine Castillo
June 12, 2018

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting.

If it doesn't, it could amp up tensions even more.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit. In question is Pyongyang's precise commitment to nuclear disarmament, and the security guarantees the United States is willing to offer in return. They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.

Rodman said he hopes everyone reads it before the summit and reiterated that "we've got the greatest negotiator of all time" to "show the world how it's done".

TRT World spoke to Mark Shanahan, a lecturer in politics and worldwide relations at Reading University in England, for more. Trump will hold a press conference and leave Singapore later Tuesday, the White House said, noting that negotiations "have moved more quickly than expected".

In an interview with BBC (who really got our geography wrong yesterday), Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed what everyone was guessing a week ago: Singapore is indeed picking up the hotel tab for the North Korean contingent here.

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The summit won't be Trump's first foray into treating an established despot and human rights abuser like or perhaps better than the leader of an allied nation, though it is Twitter's first time treating such an event like a Game of Thrones season finale.

The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days for foreign policy for Trump, who shocked USA allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the Group of 7 industrialised economies in Canada to alienate America's closest friends in the West.

He left early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the United States out of the traditional group statement. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

But US officials have since avoided such lofty declarations.

Over the next few days, The Drum will bring you the latest on the summit with an industry perspective. But the White House said he will instead leave at about 8pm on Tuesday - nearly 15 hours earlier.

With two unreliable narrators in Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, how will Americans know what they actually said and agreed to with each other? The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

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About 15 minutes later, hotel staff formed a cordon at the hotel entrance as USA ambassador to Philippines Sung Kim left the hotel. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the USA envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

He smiled and waved to excited crowds and was accompanied by Singapore's foreign minister, who tweeted a selfie standing next to him.

The world now needs to wait for Trump and Kim to finally meet.

Change of schedule: Kim took in some of the sights in Singapore Monday evening and was seen waving and smiling to onlookers, reports Reuters.

South Korea's Hankook Ilbo reported that Singapore recommended the St Regis, which hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 2015 summit with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, because it can be easily secured.

"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said.

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Pompeo added the "hopeful" the summit will "set the conditions for future productive talks". "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".

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