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Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity

14 June 2018

Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the USA -based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper at the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Trump to seek "the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korean political prison camps - mimicking the formulation used by the U.S.in its demand for that nation's denuclearization. In that first meeting they'll be joined only by translators, a break from standard practice of having at least one aide present for high-stakes huddles.

The first-ever meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

But she appreciated that Trump took action by organizing the summit with Kim Jong Un.

U.S. and North Korean officials huddled throughout Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sharing a historic handshake as they meet for the first time.

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday with Kim.

The Trump administration has promised not to seek to bring about regime change and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has even floated the possibility of issuing security guarantees to the North.

Highlights of the chat will be made available before "Hannity" airs, Fox News said.

Barry McCaffrey, a retired United States army general, went further - warning America's security was at stake.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived at Singapore's Sentosa Island, where he'll be meeting shortly face-to-face with President Donald Trump. "We've been waiting for one nation since we've been separated". And under a 2016 USA law, relief from US sanctions that target the North Korean government would require progress on human rights, he said.

The sides first spoke through intelligence channels, with U.S. analysts working to determine Kim's true willingness to abandon a nuclear program started by his grandfather and viewed by Pyongyang as a security blanket from outside aggressors.

The new year began with another televised address from Kim, this time involving threats of a "nuclear button" on the North Korean leader's desk.

Kim flew to Singapore.

But a trade representative from Pyongyang issued an order on June 9 that there should be no attempts to smuggle goods between China and North Korea and that officials had to report traders' locations every hour during this period, the source said. Even if the US -backed "maximum pressure" campaign is no more amid the burst of diplomacy in the first half of 2018, North Korea has a long way to go before it'll get to where Singapore is today.

More than 2,500 journalists have convened here, with each leader's every movement tracked carefully. He was spotted taking a moonlit stroll around the high-end Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, owned by GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, the type of glitzy development few North Koreans could ever imagine coming to their country.

"Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, toured various places of Singapore on June 11", the KCNA said.

Before that, the top story in North Korea was tremendously mundane by comparison: a full account of Mr Kim's trip to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang.

Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity