Trump Meets Singapore's Lee Before Historic Kim Jong Un Summit


"Create peace and great prosperity for his land".

The fighting ended on July 27 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US-led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

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. Trump had long derided Kim and traded insults with him.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday. Trump has offered few details of what a framework for that process would look like. Some analysts said a Kim commitment to specific negotiations on denuclearization could well be enough for Tuesday's summit to be a success.

Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore
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Preliminary meetings have already begun.

North Koreans got their first big dose of news Monday that their leader Kim Jong Un had arrived in Singapore for what even the state-run media was calling a historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim and Lee met on Sunday evening, after the North Korean leader flew in to the city-state earlier in the day.

During North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's visit to China in March, his first-ever overseas trip since taking power, Chinese President Xi Jinping made this telling remark about North Korea-China relations: "The traditional friendship between China and North Korea is a relationship between two parties and two countries that the older generation of leaders personally created and carefully fostered".

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While hopes for a possible peace treaty among the Koreas and the US have been rising, Moon and his government's role of mediator is unlikely to end with a successful US-North Korea summit. Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour- joined only by translators. The leaders are spending the night at hotels about a half-mile apart in the upscale shopping area in Tanglin.

Then came Trump, who campaigned pledging to tear up the deal.

A jet carrying Kim landed hours earlier.

The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

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US and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

That part of the summit could be crucial. The president also refused to sign a G-7 joint statement pledging cooperation.

Trump will also meet with U.S. Embassy personnel later Monday.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said. "Just my touch, my feel". "But I really feel confident".

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"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.