US-DPRK officals gear up preparation for Trump-Kim summit

Monday, 2018-06-11 07:10:38
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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) shakes hands with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the DPRK, in Singapore, on June 10, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)
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Officials from both sides will meet the day before the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s leader Kim Jong-un to hammer out details.

The stage is set for the summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and the transformation of the Asian nation.

When Trump and Kim meet at 9 a.m local time on June 12 at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port, they will be making history.

Both Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on June 10 and they were greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

On June 11, the state media of DPRK said Kim and Trump would discuss a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean peninsula, denuclearisation of the peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said US and DPRK’s officials would hold working-level talks on June 11. She said the US delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with DPRK’s officials.

Kim Jong-un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 10 shortly after his arrival.

Trump is due to meet Lee on June 11.

Separately, the Republic of Korea (RoK)'s presidential Blue House said on June 10 that it expects a positive outcome from the upcoming summit between the DPRK and the US.

Asked about whether RoK’s President Moon Jae-in would fly to Singapore for the possible three-way summit, the Blue House official was quoted as saying that Moon is not likely to go to Singapore without elaborating further.

News.com.au, Reuters, Xinhua