Trump says one-on-one Kim meeting was 'very, very good'


On Monday morning, KCNA reported that Mr Kim had met with Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of talks with Mr Trump on Tuesday.

Even before the two leaders had left their separate city centre hotels and driven the 13 minutes through blocked-off police-lined roads to the island summit venue, the United States president used Twitter to claim victory and hit back at his critics. "We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

"In the 18 years I have worked on [North Korea], the ongoing debate between the U.S. and North Korea was essentially this - USA: change your behaviour and we can be friends", Walsh said. The language in that document has been the fraught topic of discussion at the 11th-hour negotiations.

Trump and Kim will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with translators.

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President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for historic summit

Trump has taken keen interest in the pageantry of the day, insisting the pictures beamed around the world reflect a commanding leader making a decisive, world-altering move.

Kim, who is believed to be just 34 years old, took over from his father in 2011.

Instead, he told reporters last weekend he would rely on "my touch, my feel" to assess the young and mercurial leader. He was originally scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

At the top of the expanded meeting, Trump said he and Kim "will solve" the problems presented by a nuclear North Korea. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

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The US has offered North Korea "unique" security guarantees to persuade it to give up its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, on the eve of a historic summit in Singapore.

Both men looked serious as they got out of their limousines for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, manmade beaches and a Universal Studios theme park. It was an extraordinarily compressed timeline for the landmark summit, one that left aides scrambling to initiate communication with the hermit nation.

It isn't clear what conditions Pyongyang might be willing to accept for relinquishing their nukes, so Kim and Trump will first need to establish a communications channel and a mutual understanding of denuclearization.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said.

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"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed".

The summit has drawn thousands of journalists to the Asia city-state.

Watch our comprehensive coverage of the Trump-Kim summit live on YouTube from 7am on Tuesday (Jun 12). Her earlier trip to South Korea in January triggered a media frenzy.

Kim can expect things like hand-cut crystal chandeliers, hand-painted chinoiserie silk wallpapers, 600-threadcount bed linens, paintings by Marc Chagall, a baby grand piano, separate living and dining rooms, an office, gym, and, of course, the hotel's renowned (among rich people) butler service.

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The Trump administration also launched the so-called "maximum pressure" campaign that sought to choke North Korea with sanctions. Regis Hotel, where China's President Xi Jinping once stayed. "No, I don't see that happening".

In part, these lowered expectations are a reflection of the extreme skepticism among many that the North can be persuaded to give up a nuclear programme it has stubbornly built over the decades, often in secrecy and despite intense sanctions, worldwide condemnation and widespread suffering among its people.