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Kim, Trump to discuss denuclearization, peace, issues 'required by changed era': KCNA

2018/06/11 08:31

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SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 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," when they meet this week, the North's state media said Monday.

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

"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 Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

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

The KCNA noted that the summit meeting is the first in history between the two countries and will be held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world."

   The KCNA said that Kim was accompanied 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."

kokobj@yna.co.kr

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