Trump-Kim Singapore summit

What could make or break the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Arranging an intimate walk between the two visiting leaders on the well-manicured grounds of Sentosa could be the least of various issues that could crop up in the coming days. With two days to go before the historic meeting, Elgin Toh, Chang May Choon and Nirmal Ghosh look at the many factors that could spell its success - or failure.

The meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is slated to take place at 9am in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
The meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is slated to take place at 9am in Singapore on June 12, 2018. PHOTOS: NYTIMES, REUTERS
A police officer diverting traffic along Tomlinson Road towards Cuscaden Road on June 9, ahead of the summit on June 12.
A police officer diverting traffic along Tomlinson Road towards Cuscaden Road on June 9, ahead of the summit on June 12.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The Capella hotel, where the summit will take place, has a number of open-concept and semi-outdoor spaces for the two leaders to have a walk in comfort.
The Capella hotel, where the summit will take place, has a number of open-concept and semi-outdoor spaces for the two leaders to have a walk in comfort. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
An aerial view of the Capella Hotel, the venue for the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Sentosa in Singapore.
An aerial view of the Capella Hotel, the venue for the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Sentosa in Singapore.PHOTO: REUTERS
Workers setting up mobile cameras in the carpark of Raffles Girls' School in Anderson Road yesterday, as preparations for the Trump-Kim summit take place in the area, including Orchard Road and Tanglin Road.
Workers setting up mobile cameras in the carpark of Raffles Girls' School in Anderson Road yesterday, as preparations for the Trump-Kim summit take place in the area, including Orchard Road and Tanglin Road. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

An island-nation hosts the United States President and his counterpart from a rival country to a high-profile summit. Denuclearisation is a key item on the agenda.

Only one day of talks had been anticipated. But the progress of negotiations dramatically exceeded expectations, and the Americans rescheduled their flights. Talks ended after a second full day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'What could make or break the summit'. Subscribe