At the Trump-Kim Summit, Human Rights Are on the Agenda

US President Donald Trump smiles in front of a cake during an advanced birthday celebration at his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Istana ahead of a summit between North Korea and the US Singapore

Shanmugam is Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs and he has the responsibility to make sure that the summit, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean top leader, goes without a hitch from the security point of view.

On the summit's eve, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew a firm line, saying the USA plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

Kim Yo Jong gained notoriety at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"His visit and meeting with Mr Pompeo is a crucial moment in the process of the preparatory negotiations", he said.

Many analysts have suggested that the discussion about denuclearization means very different things to North Koreans than it does to American officials.

One diplomatic source in Singapore said that "Tension was very high in North Korea, hence the secrecy".

During Kim Jong-un's absence, state media notes that titular head of state Kim Yong-nam is still in Pyongyang, preparing for a visit to Russian Federation later this week for the opening ceremony of the football World Cup. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

So why did he head to the United States, especially when working level talks were already underway at Panmunjom in Korea?

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Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.

Upon returning from a trip to North Korea in 2014, Rodman checked into rehab. However, others reported that the Air China Boeing 747 took off before the leader's jet did by an hour or two as a security measure to avoid making his mode of transportation known.

Ri Yong-ho is North Korea's Foreign Minister and has been a diplomat for more than 30 years.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

Trump has said that North Korea must decide to "denuke" or there will be no deal and economic pressure on the regime would only intensify.

"He is a good interlocutor".

Just hours before what could be the most important meeting of his life, a seemingly relaxed and confident Kim Jong Un took a night on the town in Singapore, taking selfies and being greeted by cheering onlookers.

Kim Yo-jong is believed to be one of Kim Jong-un's closest confidants.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the USA and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

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