Kim visits Singapore, Trump meets its Prime Minister, Pompeo promises unique security guarantees ahead of awaited summit

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The Strait Times: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday (June 11) the United States is willing to offer North Korea “unique” security guarantees in exchange for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Sanctions on North Korea will remain until complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation has been achieved, he told reporters at a briefing at the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.

He spoke ahead of the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that will be held at Capella hotel in Sentosa island.

United States President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude on Monday (June 11) to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Singapore’s role in hosting the summit between the United States and North Korea, saying he appreciated the hospitality, professionalism and friendship.

“We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely. But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship. Thank you very much,” President Trump told Mr Lee as they began their working lunch at the Istana.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un took time out from planning for a historic summit with US President Donald Trump to take in some of Singapore’s iconic sites on Monday (June 11) evening.

Mr Kim, who has publicly left his country only thrice since taking power after his father’s death in late 2011 (twice to China and once to South Korea), gamely posed for selfies with Singapore politicians and smiled for the camera as he was taken on a whirlwind tour of the city. The two-hour jaunt took in some of its best-known sights such as Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resorts.

 

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