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'All systems go' for Trump-Kim summit: Singapore minister

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

It is "all systems go" for the summit between US and North Korean leader and is ensuring that there would be no last-minute spoilers or difficulties for the historic meeting, Foreign today.

Balakrishnan, who visited the US and in the last five days to prepare for the June 12 summit, said that there was sincerity and desire from both the and for peace on the

"I have met both sides, I see sincerity on both sides, I see a desire, a willingness to escape the constraints that have applied for the last seven decades. So, with goodwill and creativity, let's see what they come up with," The quoted the Indian-origin Singaporean as saying.

Preparations are underway in for the historic summit.

Speaking to reporters in after visiting Pyongyang, Balakrishnan said, "Basically I went there to make sure everything was spick and span, and in place, and that there would be no last-minute spoilers or difficulties."

"Both the US and expressed their appreciation to Singapore for its efforts, especially for getting things ready in quite a short time, and the meticulous attention to detail," said Dr Balakrishnan.

"I'm glad to say that as of now it's all systems go, both the Americans as well as the North Koreans are pleased with the arrangements. We are all set to go and things will start happening within the next 24 hours," he said.

Trump and Kim will meet on Sentosa, a smaller island off the coast of Singapore's main island. The 12 summit would represent the first ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US

Trump has said one possible outcome of the summit is an agreement with North Korea to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. The two Koreas remain technically at war as the conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

In Pyongyang, Balakrishnan held talks with his North Korean counterpart and met the country's of state

He met US and during his visit to earlier this week.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 17:00 IST