Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Graham's call for military use authorization against North Korea

Graham's call for military use authorization against North Korea

Reuters reports that Monday's talks are aimed at making final progress ahead of the Kim-Trump summit, .as the earlier meetings did little to narrow the gap between the two sides on the definition of Pyongyang's denuclearization.

Trump and Kim plan to meet in Singapore on Tuesday.

Kim met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.

Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the Group of Seven meeting there, telling Singaporean officials who welcomed him that he was feeling "very good" about the summit.

The latest indication of Beijing's influence over Pyongyang came on Sunday, when Kim arrived in Singapore for the summit not aboard the North Korea Air Force Un, as it is known - a Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-62M jet - but on an Air China Boeing 747 sometimes used to transport Chinese leaders.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House", he told reporters after he was asked whether he would invite the North Korean leader to the White House or Mar-a-lago.

He's also repeatedly expressed his support for a meeting between Trump and Kim - even offering to facilitate it or serve as an ambassador of sorts.

The plane carrying President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.

Kim's North Korean delegation will include his sister Kim Yo Jong, White House officials cited by Bloomberg noted.

US President Donald Trump is set to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons at an unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un
US President Donald Trump is set to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons at an unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un

The two leaders meet at 9am (1100 AEST) on Tuesday at the Capella on Sentosa island, a refurbished British Army artillery mess that is now one of Singapore's most expensive luxury hotels.

"I'm glad to say that as of now, it's all systems go", he said.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations' subcommittee dealing with North Korea policy, said on "Face the Nation" Sunday that there's a "vast gulf" between the US and North Korea's definition of what "denuclearization" actually means.

Asked by Stephanopolous whether Trump deserves credit for brokering the first meeting in recent history between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, Menendez said he is anxious Trump "thinks this is a mano-a-mano engagement in which he can achieve the success we want".

Kim and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting US president.

The summit between Kim and Trump will cap a remarkable turnaround in relations between two men who were trading furious insults less than six months ago.

North Korea, many experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of a highly anticipated summit. "I appreciate you telling the president what a good nuclear deal would look like, but the country needs you to back the president up to get that deal".

The North invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war pitted US-led United Nations troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces which were aided by China.

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