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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting from singapore to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is sharanjit leyl. our top stories: on the eve of the historic us—north korea summit, donald trump says he feels "very good" about the talks. it will be the first face—to—face meeting between him and kim jong—un. north korea says it's willing to discuss denuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. the world's media are watching their every move... but can the two sides find enough common ground to strike a deal? welcome to singapore for our special coverage on the eve of the historic summit between us president, donald trump, and the leader
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of north korea, kimjong—un. both men are already here, preparing for the big day on tuesday. it will be the first time a sitting us president will meet a north korean leader. the white house hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. kimjong—un, for his part, wants security guarantees, respect on the global stage and an end to international sanctions in order to build the economy. north korean state media is now reporting that the two leaders will discuss a way of creating permanent and durable peace, and de—nuclearization, on the korean peninsula. our correspondent, laura bicker has the latest: the waiting is over. the hard work starts now. donald trump has arrived in singapore to try to do a deal that has eluded past us presidents. he hopes his unconventional political style will persuade kimjong—un to disarm. i think within the first
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minute, i'll know. reporter: how? just my touch, my feel, that's what i do. the north korean leader doesn't look like he's feeling his way. considering this is his debut on the world's diplomatic stage, he looked calm and relaxed as he discussed his hopes for peace with the singaporean prime minister. he's taking no chances with security. his hand—picked bodyguards have flown with him, along with his bullet—proof limousine. thousands took the chance to catch a rare glimpse of this usually reclusive leader. if mr kim is trying to transition from nuclear armed dictator to global statesman, this summit is offering him the perfect platform. at this church in singapore, south koreans pray for the possibilities this may offer.
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and tears for the years of war the peninsula endured. some have criticised south koreans for being overly optimistic about this meeting. but after a year of brinkmanship, most see the summit itself as progress. translation: there's a korean saying that the first spoonful of food will not make you full. i know the summit will be the first step to much bigger changes, so even if the results aren't significant, i'll be thankful. while every detail is being dealt with on the island where they'll meet, no—one is really sure whether they'll be in this secluded spot for two minutes, two hours, or even two days. the hopes of nearly 70 million korean people lie here. it's their best chance of peace in decades, and it's fallen to an unpredictable
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us president and an untested north korean leader. perhaps the calm waters of this luxury resort will compel them to take tentative steps towards a deal. but rarely has there been a summit with higher steaks and greater uncertainty over its outcome. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. we know the us president arrived last night he has had one night to rest. our correspondent mariko oi is outside the shangri—la hotel where president trump is staying in singapore. have you seen any movement so far or heard from the president? no. let me clarify that you can probably see the american and singapore flags
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behind me and i am outside the hotel but in case our viewers are wondering, this is not where he is staying. he is in a different wing with a presidential suite. we were there earlier this morning but we we re there earlier this morning but we were told to move as the hour went by because of security concerns. the police officers told us that we don't know what time president trump will make a move and they wanted to make sure that no—one was in the area. no. we have not heard a lot from president trump. we believe that the hotel was chosen because it has experiences in accommodating many global leaders including two former us presidents. this is also where many other historic summits have taken place including the meeting between the chinese president and the then taiwanese leader. a few weeks ago you were here for all the defence ministers gathering at the shangri—la summit.
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the hotel definitely has experience with dealing with security and vip guests. we have had not a single scoop from them. doing much about the president's schedule for the rest of today? tomorrow was when the talks will happen. indeed. there have been many questions and speculations as to what president trump and kimjong—un are doing because that summit is on tuesday. we know that officials from the us and north korea are meeting in about one hours time to come up with some kind of agreement that maybe they can present to those leaders. maybe tomorrow but all the details are quite unknown. as for president trump, he will meet the singaporean prime minister who met with kim
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jong—un yesterday. we don't know what time that will happen. the bilateral meeting between the singaporean prime minister and the north korean leader was streamed live on the prime minister ‘s page yesterday. thank you so much for that, in front of the shangri—la hotel where president trump and his delegation are staying and you will keep us up—to—date with any movement through the day. with me is k shanmugam, singapore's minister for home affairs. he has been quite busy preparing for this summitand he has been quite busy preparing for this summit and particularly his security. thank you for taking time from your very busy week preparing for this. much investment has gone into this. we know that the summit was on again and then off again and then you will have a relatively
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short span of time to prepare for it. can you tell us about the scale of the parent was that singapore has in terms of security? —— scale of preparedness. this is one of the highest security threats that people have faced. the logistics of it, they staying in two different places and meeting in a third, there are so many security requirements to meet within two weeks. it normally takes months to prepare for this but we mobilise thousands of security personality and —— personnel and police. we also have the army assisting so they are quietly confident. many people are saying out there that if any country could pull this together, any city could pull this together, any city could pull this together, it would be singapore. i am told you have already had to turn away some
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potential suspects. how safe are we likely to be over the next few days? my likely to be over the next few days? my people are quietly confident. in this business you never say never. it is not just this business you never say never. it is notjust people attacking the meeting all the individuals or the delegations, it is an opportunity when the world ‘s eyes are turned on singapore for extremist others to create an incident in other locations. so security people and police have had to think about a variety of possible situations. we heard from the singaporean prime minister who said this cost the country about $20 million to host this event. half of that going into security and logistics. he says it isa security and logistics. he says it is a price that singapore is happy to pay. is at a price they are willing to pay and where is the other half going? i look at it like.
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firstly, if something... we don't determine the outcome. we just provide a platform. but if something positive emerges, even the reduction of tension, it is good for everyone. i also made the point that we are at 20 minutes missile time and seven—hour flight time. our external trade is four times when internal trade. it is in our interest to not have tension. singaporeans, by and large are proud that we are creating, providing the platform for peace. i am singaporean but i have heard from various other singaporeans over the last few weeks that have been balking at the idea that have been balking at the idea that singaporean taxpayers will need to pay for kim jong—un and his delegation. this is a man known as a
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human rights violator who has pursued his nuclear weapons regime in spite of his people. howdy you address their concerns. you will have a variety of viewpoints. my belief is that the majority of singaporeans are proud and happy that they are doing it some for commercial reasons. they know the value of branding. many for what i suggest as reasons relating to the reduction of tension, peace and stability. 0thers reduction of tension, peace and stability. others will say why should we pay to provide a platform for either donald trump or kim jong—un mrmark for either donald trump or kim jong—un mr mark both are different viewpoints. the government needs to decide what is the right thing to do andi decide what is the right thing to do and i believe the majority of singaporeans believe that this is the right thing to do. thank you so much for making time for us this week. ‘s it is a hot day, as
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eve ryo ne week. ‘s it is a hot day, as everyone here can see. we have another guestjoining us everyone here can see. we have another guest joining us now. patrick mceachern is a council on foreign relations international affairs fellow in residence at the wilson centre. he has held a number of senior us government posts injapan and south korea. hejoins me now from washington. presumably it is a lot cooler there in washington. it is interesting because your background is really looking into security as well. really around some of the concerns about cyber hacking and other issues that north korea has been involved in over the last few years. you said that kim jong—un has in over the last few years. you said that kimjong—un has had a variety of roles, a long career including intelligence roles within the north korean apparatus. tell us about that and how that may play into some of these talks that we are closely watching. the person who came to washington, the north korean envoy, ahead of the summit had a variety of
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senior intelligence roles and had beenin senior intelligence roles and had been in government for a long time. that kim jong—un has been in government for a long time. that kimjong—un has his position, the nature of his position as the son and grandson of the countries previously the and founder. is legitimacy and basis as leader comes from his bloodline rather than expertise and of these talks tomorrow, there is still so much mystery over what will be set between trump and kim jong—un. mystery is brought on by the fact that the us intelligence parrot is looking into north korea to find out what is happening their cashback intelligence apparatus —— intelligence apparatus —— intelligence apparatus —— intelligence apparatus looking into north korea finds nothing but a
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black hole of information.” north korea finds nothing but a black hole of information. i think we can sketch out the broad para meters we can sketch out the broad parameters of this meeting we will see tomorrow with a degree of confidence. the us has made clear that president trump is coming in and looking for a deal on the nuclear issue. in contrast, the north korean ‘s are coming in wanting economic pressure relief as well as an advancement of the peace regime, the peace treaty, that may adjust the nature of the us military footprint in south korea. each side has something they want from the other and that is a broad context to begina other and that is a broad context to begin a diplomatic process to narrow some of these differences. in terms of these talks tomorrow, in your eyes what would be seen as a successful outcome? there has been a tremendous amount of hype around the summit. understandably so. it is historic. the first time that the us
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and the north korean leader have met. the best outcome from this meeting would be a boring one, really. an agreement for the two sides to meet again. usually went to leaders get together and the only thing they can agree on is to meet again it is a sign that the talks have broken down and they failed to reach agreement. in this case it is the beginning of a process. a different sort of scenario. chairman kim and president trump are trying to start off a diplomatic process where they can sketch the broad para meters where they can sketch the broad parameters of what they want their subordinates to pursue and then they can move forward with that. it is important for our viewers to remember that the last few nuclear agreement with the north korean have fallen apart on highly technocratic issues. the 2012 issue —— agreement fell apart over the definition of the word missile and the six party
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talks negotiated for five years ultimately failed in 2008 over the question of whether the us could collect soil samples. these are things we cannot expect the two leaders to be expert on. it really will be a success if there are experts can get in the same room with the support of their top leader to move forward. thank thank you so much for your insight and forjoining us. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: what does north korea want from the summit and what is it prepared to give in return? we'll take a look at what might be on the table in tuesday's talks. the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight,
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british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end for the division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges, the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 0n the eve of the historic us—north korea summit,
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donald trump says he feels "very good" about the talks. both he and kim jong—un are in singapore. north korea says the summit will discuss de—nuclearisation, and a permanent and durable peace. we will be giving you live coverage of this summit which kicks off on tuesday, tomorrow. today, it is monday. both leaders are here in singapore. to get some analysis, we have a guest. daniel pinkston is an international relations lecturer at troy university. he's in seoul. you are a bit of an expert on this, having watched the north korean regime for quite a while. do we have any idea at all what will transpire at these talks tomorrow? thank you
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for having me. i think i have to agree with much of what your previous guest said, a good friend of mine, patrick, a great analyst. this will be the beginning of a process. right now, at the working levels, i am sure in rooms and talks in the past few weeks, the two sides are trying to hash out the details ofan are trying to hash out the details of an agreement. the north koreans wa nt of an agreement. the north koreans want some kind of peace regime both with the north and south, broader than simple denuclearisation. the us is concerned about the nuclear programme. the us wants to see the denuclearisation of north korea. if they can reach a broad agreement, and that would begin a process with the working level bureaucrats working out the details, of course. we know that north korea, as eve ryo ne we know that north korea, as everyone knows, they are a reclusive
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authoritarian regime, is there any negotiating with them? we always have to try to negotiate. that is what we pay diplomats to do. in some space, interests will converge. we can agree on something that we a lwa ys can agree on something that we always have to test where we can co—operate. and of course if we cannot, we have to look at that reality as well and come up with an appropriate policy response. i am very sceptical myself of the denuclearisation of north korea. i think it will be be a very long process. a necessary condition would be some kind of revolutionary change in north korea whereby they change their worldview, the world perception, ideology, and their interactions with the rest of the world. they need to think there are
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other pathways to stability other than nuclear weapons. we are not there yet, and we have to explore other opportunities. thank you very much. speaking from seoul. you all appear to know each other, because daniel knows our next guest as well. with me is professor robert kelly from pusan national university of south korea. he has beenjoining us on all of our coverage in the past few hours. daniiljust told coverage in the past few hours. daniil just told us coverage in the past few hours. daniiljust told us that no one knows about what will be on the table tomorrow. —— daniel. no one can guess what will be talked about. donald trump famously said he can summer bay person in five second. this could go very right or go wrong. —— this could go very right or go wrong. “ sum up a person this could go very right or go wrong. —— sum up a person in five seconds. the president admitted he has not prepared. it is wide open. will there be a breakthrough, will
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he give something away? we do not know. the expert committee, and my friends, they feel they should have been more time to put this together. it isa been more time to put this together. it is a good idea to have a summit but it was very rushed and i think we are going too fast. there are certainly issues around denuclearisation and they are not easy to resolve, as we have seen in past talks. they have always collapsed or failed after north korea claimed they would abide by whatever rules they agreed to. what is the best scenario you see coming out of this? that they establish some kind of friendship or bond or something like that which leads to further talks on the future. donald trump said the other day this is his one and only chance. i worry about that kind of language that we can go back to one year ago, six months ago. there is no reason it has to go well. they might meet and say they
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do not like each other. if this goes well, we can have the staff work to narrow the difference 22. donald trump can get the ball rolling today, but he cannot bridge the gap. —— between the two. today, but he cannot bridge the gap. -- between the two. a few weeks ago, we know that the americans were asking for irreversible, verifiable, permanent denuclearisation. they have now stepped back from that somewhat. what is really the best we can expect, and there has also been talk about a formal end to the korean war. is that on the cards? president moonjae—in is not here, for example. south korea is a major player. there could be some kind of shadow statement which says we are working towards that, it is on the
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cards, or something. but working towards that, it is on the cards, orsomething. but it working towards that, it is on the cards, or something. but it was thrown together so quickly it is not clear they can actually do that. we will probably get a solid statement of principle towards peace, which we got in the interim a few weeks ago. perhaps a commitment to meeting again in the future. it is just happening so fast major denuclearisation deals would be so ha rd to denuclearisation deals would be so hard to do. you have a view of how south koreans feel about this. the rest of the region, of course, is concerned, and watching this closely, not just south concerned, and watching this closely, notjust south korea, japan, china as well, and the fact china is absent this time around, what does that say? the chinese are a silent partner in this. they want to see this happen. they want north korea to not have nuclear weapons, or have them under control. the chinese do not like north korean provocations and human trafficking and things like that. they want north korea to survive but they do
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not want them to be so erratic and awful, to be honest. the chinese wa nt awful, to be honest. the chinese want this to happen. that is why they have not said much. they are pushing himjohn they have not said much. they are pushing him john unaided they have not said much. they are pushing himjohn unaided a bit to do this, but they are hoping this is the breakthrough the president himself has argued for. 0k. -- kim jong—un to do this. we have seen a different kim jong—un in jong—un to do this. we have seen a different kimjong—un in recent weeks, someone vastly changed from the diabolical leader portrayed by the diabolical leader portrayed by the west. how will he come across tomorrow? mature. he put that on a few weeks ago. the south korean public love that, and even said he was lovable. i think you will be the same. and that is all for us in singapore. we will give you ongoing special coverage of this summit throughout the day. headlines are coming up next. i am sharanjit leyl
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in singapore. goodbye for now. hello there. on sunday we saw heavy thunderstorms and showers across northern england into south—east scotland, but the majority of the country was warm, dry and sunny, which led to a lovely day for many. some glorious sunday evening sunsets. we start monday morning off on a fine and dry note. we've lost the overnight showers and storms across northern areas, but we're ready to do it all again. plenty of sunny spells as those temperatures rise. that could set off a few heavy showers and thunderstorms, namely a high—grade feature. through monday morning there will be plenty of sunshine. a bit of cloud in central and eastern scotland, showers developing here but the heaviest will be over the pennines and maybe into the high ground of wales in the south—west of england. elsewhere, dry again, top temperatures 2a or 25 degrees. a bit cooler across the north—eastern coasts. we have a ridge of high pressure across the country for tuesday. a bit of a northerly breeze as well, so that will take the edge off the temperatures somewhat across the eastern side of the country. you will notice that breeze, especially close to the coast. a bit more cloud around. across the board it will feel a bit fresher on tuesday, with some sunshine breaking out here and there. high temperatures generally in the upper teens, celsius, with a top temperature of around 20 degrees.
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so, we move out of tuesday into wednesday. this is where we start to see the changes. this area of low pressure is pushing into the north—west corner of the country later on in the day. for most of wednesday, another fine and dry one. some good spells of sunshine around. the odd shower may develop over the high ground, especially across wales. a dry and warm afternoon, warmer than tuesday. temperatures bouncing back up into the mid—20s celsius across central and southern areas. across western, central and southern scotland, more persistent cloud and rain pushing in, which will hurtle across the country wednesday night and into thursday. a deep area of low pressure, something we have not seen for a long while. that leaks into the north of the uk and we're likely to see gale force winds, 50 or 60 mile an hour gusts of wind. tending to weaken as it reaches south—eastern parts of england. elsewhere, good news for gardeners and growers. in the afternoon, sunshine and showers. these will be blustery across northern areas, where it will feel fresher. we could make 20 or 21
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across the south—east, given some brightness, after the rain clears. the main message for the week ahead is that we will see changes. it starts out warm and dry but turns unsettled with a spell of wet and windy weather moving through and also turning fresher for all of us. this is bbc world news, the headlines: us president donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un are in singapore ahead of tuesday's historic summit. the white house says it hopes the meeting will begin a process that will lead to pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons. mr trump says he has a good feeling about the talks. it will be the first face—to—face meeting between him and kim jong—un. north korean state media says the summit will discuss a permanent
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and durable peace and denuclearisation on the korean peninsula. the fall—out from president trump's decision to withdraw his support from a g7 communique is continuing, with the german chancellor, angela merkel, describing it as sobering and depressing. mr trump's advisers said the president believed he'd been stabbed in the back by the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. now on bbc news it's time to look back at the week in parliament.
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