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Kim Jong-un and Trump Meet in Singapore for Historic Summit

US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Kim Jong-un and Trump Meet in Singapore for Historic Summit
Russell Knight | 12 June, 2018, 09:24

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went on a surprise tour of downtown Singapore on Monday night, just hours before he was due to take part in a landmark meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Trump made the comments as he and Kim walked together along balcony as they headed to a larger meeting with aides.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Seoul on Wednesday to inform the South Korean government of the summit's outcome. "We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session.

Rodman claimed that several officials, including former President Barack Obama, brushed him off and did not take his trips to North Korea seriously: "Obama didn't even give me the time of day", Rodman said.

North Korea maintains an atrocious human rights record that is inextricably linked to its weapons proliferation.

North Korea staged the destruction of its Punggye-Ri nuclear site last month for the cameras, but dismantling North Korea's entire nuclear program begins with verifying what they actually have in their arsenal.

Speaking through his translator, Mr Kim said it was "not easy" to get here.

Other South Korean experts believe Kim's command of English to be significantly stronger, according to UPI, suggesting that he could choose to use English to help smooth communication at the outset of the tense summit with Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sung Kim, the United States ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, will hold a "working group" with a North Korean delegation.

As the site for their meeting, the two leaders have chosen one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels, the Capella Resort on Sentosa Island, a popular vacation spot off the southern tip of Singapore and home to Universal Studios Singapore.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

And until denuclearisation takes place, sanctions against North Korea would remain in place, he stressed.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", Pompeo said.

UPDATED | US President Donald Trump said he had forged a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the start of a historic summit in Singapore, as the two men sought ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

The thaw, however temporary, is a far cry from a year ago, when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "Little Rocket Man", and Kim slammed Trump as the "mentally deranged USA dotard".

But enough about that - check out Trump's power move in the initial handshake.

Kim leaned to his left in a casual manner toward the US President.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Media access at high-level meetings between leaders is usually negotiated far in advance.

"AP is troubled by the decision to curb media access at the Singapore summit", Easton said.

"Trump is a gambler and he's gambling on being able to rein in North Korea like a parent does to naughty child", Leong said.

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