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

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

They both go in firm, but Trump is the first one to pat Kim on the arm.

Rodman said he was "naive when I went over there". He said he would discuss it "at great length" at an upcoming news conference, and indicated it would be made available publicly. Tremendous success. This will be tremendously successful.

Speaking through an interpreter, Kim alluded to the longstanding enmity between his country and the United States. After a one-on-one meeting and a working lunch, Trump showed Kim the inside of his presidential auto. He quickly cautioned, however, that "we will all know soon whether or not a real deal. can happen". Now the pair are in Singapore and have shaken hands in front of the world's press.

Later in the day, advisers will enter the room for a larger bilateral session and a working lunch.

Trump came face-to-face with Kim Tuesday morning in Singapore at the Capella Hotel.

The last-minute change came as both sides finalized preparations for the meeting, with two meetings at the Ritz Carlton. In question is Pyongyang's precise commitment to nuclear disarmament, and the security guarantees the USA is willing to offer in return.

Even though President Trump had previously raised the possibility their summit could extend beyond just one day, the White House said Tuesday that the president planned to depart Singapore earlier than originally scheduled as negotiations with the North Korean delegation "have moved more quickly than expected". It's a reflection of the intense global curiosity over Kim's sudden turn to diplomacy in recent months after a slew of North Korean nuclear and missile tests past year raised serious fears of war.

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

Trump entered the Kim summit less than a week after an acrimonious Group of 7 meeting in which he and longtime American allies argued about trade policy.

"You know they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?". Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he attended a meeting with other world leaders.

While the president has more recently sought to temper expectations of what he may be able to achieve with the summit, he has also said the interaction amounts to a crucial test in determining whether Kim is genuine in committing to rid his country of its nuclear program. Before he leaves he'll sit for an interview with his friend, the Fox host Sean Hannity, and convene a media availability for other reporters.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia. The meeting is meant to be "start of a relationship", the official said, and there could be more to come between both sides if things go well.

Having aides present in high-stakes meetings - especially ones with adversaries like the dictator of North Korea - provides a president with some protection, ensuring there are staffers on hand to take accurate notes. I got so many death threats. The site of the historic talks was a matter of intense speculation before the US President announced on Twitter it would occur here in Singapore, the flashy Southeast Asian city-state that has eagerly accommodated the spectacle.

The Associated Press reported that while the press corps and White House have an agreement to allow a full pool of reporters into any meetings where media is allowed, reporters for the AP and other outlets were kept out of some events at the Singapore summit. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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