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(2nd LD) (US-NK summit) North Korean media reports Kim-Trump summit

All News 11:39 June 11, 2018

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SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's state media on Monday reported leader Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, saying he and U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss issues of denuclearization, permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and other matters "required by the changed era."

Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit between incumbent leaders of the longtime foes set for Tuesday.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that the summit meeting will be held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world."

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks," the KCNA reported in English.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

This photo, taken from the North's Rodong Sinmun daily newspaper on June 11, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting an honor guard in Pyongyang before leaving for Singapore the previous day. Kim will hold a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in the city-state on June 12. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

It reported Kim's detailed itinerary, a rarity for the reclusive state's media.

Kim was sent off in a ceremony at the Pyongyang airport joined by a group of senior officials, such as Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state; Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission; and Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju.

Also among them was Ri Myong-su, chief of general staff of the Korean People's Army, who was recently reported to have been replaced by his deputy Ri Yong-gil.

"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong-un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the U.S. and his safe return," the KCNA said.

The KCNA added that Kim was accompanied on his trip to Singapore by officials, including Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Ri Su-yong, vice WPK chairman on international affairs, and No Kwang-chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces.

On his arrival at Changi International Airport on Sunday, Kim was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and other senior officials. He also met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien-loong at the presidential palace of Istana.

"He expressed deep thanks to the Singaporean government for its sincere cooperation of providing all conditions and best conveniences for the historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks," the KCNA said.

Kim and the Singaporean premier discussed "issues of developing the bilateral relations in an all-round way by invigorating wide-ranging exchange and cooperation while maintaining the excellent relations and deepening the friendly relations between the two countries."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) holds talks with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on June 10, 2018, in this photo provided by Singapore's communications and information ministry. Kim arrived in the island country earlier in the day to hold a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12. (Yonhap)


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