Top stories from The Straits Times on Tuesday, June 12

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Tuesday, June 12.

Trump-Kim Singapore Summit: Historic meeting to take place today

The Capella hotel on the resort island of Sentosa. PHOTO: ST FILE

After weeks of uncertainty, false starts and frenetic preparations, history - a first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader - is on the verge of being made.


Trump-Kim Summit: Kim Jong Un wants to go on to a new path, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an interview with CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour on June 11, 2018. PHOTO: MCI

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time at the Istana on Sunday, where they discussed recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula, among other matters.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Singapore attractions on eve of Trump-Kim summit

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) posted a wefie taken with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on his Facebook page on June 11, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

Mr Kim went on a mini tour on Monday night, which includes some of Singapore's best-known sights such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.


Trump-Kim Summit: US willing to offer North Korea ‘unique’ security guarantees in exchange for denuclearisation, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that sanctions on North Korea will remain until a complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea has been achieved. ST PHOTO: FABIAN KOH

Sanctions on North Korea will remain until that has been achieved, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.


Will this historic Supreme Court table feature at the Trump-Kim summit?

The table, part of a suite of bespoke furniture designed in 1939 by local craftsmen for the former Supreme Court building, is on loan to the US embassy for the summit. PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

A conference table that was once used by Singapore's Chief Justices may well play a part in Tuesday's historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Signs point to success at Trump-Kim Singapore summit

A crowd of curious onlookers gathering at Marina Bay Sands last night hoping to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who visited the integrated resort as part of a city tour that also included Gardens by the Bay. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The Singapore summit appears likely to produce a deal after the White House issued a statement noting the progress that preparatory talks had made on the eve of a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


What would a Trump-Kim deal look like?


“We are going to deal,” said US President Donald Trump when he announced on June 1 that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was back on. What are the two leaders likely to agree on? The Straits Times’ correspondents - Nirmal Ghosh, Chang May Choon and Walter Sim - look at 6 possible outcomes.


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Analysts slam brakes on 'Proton 2.0' idea

Proton vehicles being assembled at the company's factory in Selangor. Over the years, Proton has incurred huge debts and a 49.9 per cent stake in the firm was sold to China's Geely last year. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a conference in Tokyo on Monday - his first international audience since his Pakatan Harapan coalition's surprise win in last month's general election - that he had "ambitions to start another national car".


Vincent Leow, artist behind sketch removed from Esplanade, responds to criticism

A passerby looking at the painting formerly featured in BLANK, an open art exhibition by Singapore artist Vincent Leow on display outside the library@Esplanade. It was removed from public display on June 6. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The artist behind a sketch that was recently removed from The Esplanade, where it had been on display since April 13, said he was "surprised" by the outcry from some members of the public over the artwork.