Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit


They are scheduled to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa.

Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, June 10, 2018.

He and Trump are set to meet Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting U.S. president.

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's meeting appeared aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since Sung Kim's earlier talks did little to narrow a gap between the two sides on the definition of denuclearization or win agreement on tangible commitments from Pyongyang toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

US President Donald Trump is set to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons at an unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un
US President Donald Trump is set to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons at an unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un

In authoritarian North Korea, where Kim's family has passed on power through three generations, images propagated by state media such as the Korea Central News Agency, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper and Korean Central Television, help build a leader's legitimacy and glorify his status.

"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting, we did not ask for says something about Singapore relations with the parties. and our standing in the worldwide community", he said, according to Channel News Asia.

"We continue to call on North Korea to completely, verifiably, and irreversibly dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles as well as its related programs and facilities", it said.

He added that Beijing and Washington were expected to work together more on the denuclearisation process following Tuesday's summit.

Trump arrived at Singapore's Paya Lebar Airbase at 12:30 GMT on Sunday, a few hours after Kim touched down at Changi Airport in an Air China 747.

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Rubio, who applauded Trump's now-reversed decision to cancel the summit, said at the time that it was apparent that Kim's goal "was either to gain sanctions relief in exchange for nothing or to collapse worldwide sanctions by making the US appear to be the unreasonable party".

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

Earlier, in March, the North Korean leader had made his first trip overseas to China and in April he became the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea where he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom on their mutual border.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

His last trip was in June 2017 when he gave Kim a copy of Trump's best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal".

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"Everyone said, you know, the haters, they say, 'Oh, you're giving him a meeting.' Give me a break, OK?" Japan also been pressing Trump to force the North to release Japanese abductees seized years ago, Japanese officials have said, although Trump has given little indication that's a high priority for his summit.

"This is and has been an aim of China and North Korea for a long time, and we can't allow this to happen".

Gidley said he expected Trump and Kim to have "an fantastic conversation without Dennis Rodman in tow". Mr Moon says Mr Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearise their peninsula but also said he was unsure whether he could trust the United States to provide a credible security guarantee in return.

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