Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un to open historic summit with one-on-one powwow

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In subsequent years, the United States and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North. "Given the history of the way KCNA has reported, I think that is a sign for optimism".

Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage, which stressed that the talks with Mr. Trump would be focused on forging a relationship that is more in tune with what it called changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear weapons state - its desire for a mechanism to ensure a lasting a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearization. "That would be rejected and Trump would walk out".

After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a USA official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

"I think the North will denuclearise. because it knows it has no other alternatives", he said.

"He's one of the best negotiators of all time and I'm looking forward to him adding to his historic success at the Singapore Summit", Rodman wrote.

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When Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for perhaps the most significant nuclear talks since the Cold War, the American president will have his link to the USA nuclear arsenal nearby at all times.

The limousine of Kim Jong Un arrives at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore on June 10, 2018, to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead the summit between USA leader Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim. But a few North Korean cameramen, dressed in dark suits, were allowed on the street, just behind the police barricades. But his ruthlessness at home and a human rights record that United Nations investigators have described as "harrowing" have left many unconvinced about his sincerity.

White House director of social media Dan Scavino later tweeted some more pictures from the event, which was held at the Shangri-La Hotel and not at the embassy itself.

Still, the U.S. is not necessarily expecting to get a final deal in Singapore.

"North Korea can not denuclearise completely right now and hope to be safe from a president who said we're going to rain fire and fury on you, from a country that's been calling you evil for 25 years", said Horacio Falcao, a negotiations expert at the INSEAD graduate business school in Singapore.

If a deal on nuclear weapons is made, verification will also a big challenge. Mr. Trump is offering security assurances and economic development in return for the complete dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

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As Trump himself has acknowledged, making an agreement with Kim would be easy.

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But in his new diplomatic role - until March he had not left his country for more than six years - Kim has come across as polite, respectful and even charming in meetings with the Chinese and South Korean leaders. "No, I don't see that happening". Trump on Monday forecast a "nice" outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view.

Trump was greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".

In response to a question from VOA News just before heading to Asia from the Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump said "I really feel confident" about the unprecedented encounter between a sitting American president and a member of the family dynasty which has maintained iron-fist control over one of the world's most reclusive countries for three generations.

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