Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Kim Jong-un impersonator turns heads in Singapore ahead of summit

Kim Jong-un impersonator turns heads in Singapore ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, meanwhile, flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

Meetings between American and North Korean officials are underway simultaneously in Panmunjom and Singapore as the two nations strive to revive a June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He would be the most high profile North Korean official to visit the United States since 2000.

The two may meet to put final touches on the preparations for the planned summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un, according to the report. "It will happen!" Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Moon said North Korea and the United States will soon start working-level talks to prepare for the Kim-Trump summit.

Washington seeks a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons program, but Pyongyang has rejected demands for "unilateral" denuclearization and threatened to pull out of the summit if such discussions continue.

The United States has struggled to slow the isolated country's weapons programs, which have become a security priority for Washington given Pyongyang's promise to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland. "But we need results and they need to be very visible before the United States creates any benefits", he said.

The delegation met with North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui, who sparked Trump's ire last week when she called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

A surprise meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in occurred Saturday on the North Korean side of the shared inter-Korean area of Panmunjom.

In their meeting on Saturday, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and to a planned summit with Trump, Moon told reporters in Seoul. Moon added that Kim said he's willing to cooperate to end confrontation and work toward peace for the sake of the successful summit with Trump. Since then, North Korea has rejected U.S. demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

"We're seeing a positive start to the week just because of that North Korea flip", said Nick Twidale, chief operating officer of Rakuten Securities' Australian unit.

-East Asian alliance system, removing American troops from South Korea and Japan and dismantling the U.S.

"I don't know that the president has done the kind of homework that would allow him to do this" in negotiations, said Hayden, who headed the CIA under presidents George W. Bush and Obama, and who also served as director of the National Security Agency under both Bush and President Clinton.

During a phone call Monday, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to meet again to continue close coordination before the "expected meeting" between the US and North Korea, according to a statement from the White House.

"If he believes that it would be hard to include CVID or any specific terms to mandate the North to carry out nuclear disarmament quickly, he may cancel the summit again, even days before the event", he said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in may possibly be joining the two leaders at the summit. Mr. Moon brought this up again last weekend, and told the press, "Should the North Korea-US summit succeed, I would like to see efforts to formally end the (Korean) war through a three-way summit of the South, the North and the US".

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