Trump meets Lee ahead of historic summit with Kim

Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)

Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)

Trump will meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, according to a press release from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Trump and Kim are set to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Singapore, which is 9 p.m. Monday on the U.S. East Coast.

Trump responded to such commentary on Twitter, saying: "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

North Korea's jogging guardians caught the world's attention in April, when they escorted Kim to the landmark inter-Korea summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Rather than bandy the term about, negotiators in Trump's administration should seek to obtain a commitment in writing that North Korea will abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, Cha continued. Soon after, Mr Kim declared that his country had achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state, with missiles that could reach the US.

The news covered the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the top - and only - item on the first news broadcast of the day on Korean Central Television, which for many North Koreans is the only channel available.

Trump insisted last week that the summit would "not be just a photo op", saying it would help forge a "good relationship" that would lead to a "process" towards the "ultimate making of a deal".

Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)
Trump and Kim converge on Singapore for summit

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.

The other carrot for Kim is a possible loosening of punishing UN Security Council sanctions but here too there is discord, with Washington saying sanctions can end only when denuclearisation is complete and Pyongyang wanting "phased" relief as they make progress towards that goal. Trump said Saturday that he believes he will know within the first minute whether Kim is seriously considering eliminating his nuclear arsenal and infrastructure, as the USA demands. He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

Lee said earlier that Singapore's government will gladly pay the $20 million it cost to host the summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien-loong on Sunday as he visited the city-state for his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump this week.

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

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday.

Kim arrived at Singapore's Changi Airport after his longest trip overseas as head of state, wearing his trademark dark "Mao suit" and distinctive high-cut hairstyle. He has also raised the possibility of further summits.

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