North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump
North Korea's Kim lands in Singapore ahead of summit with Trump
A man walks past a map showing key locations and dates in the Korean conflict at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul
12 June, 2018, 05:15
"Donald Trump" and "Kim Jong-un" have met for chilli crabs in Singapore ahead of their historical summit, at least that's what two impersonators would have people believe.
Only hours before the White House announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War.
The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between a US and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.
The White House said Trump would hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim on Tuesday on the small island of Sentosa.
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The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea.
Against a backdrop of US and North Korean flags, the two first shook hands for about 12 seconds, and Trump at one point grabbed before leading him toward another room where they are scheduled to meet one-on-one, with just translators present, for about 45 minutes.
"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump told Lee.
Trump was presented with a birthday cake by his Singaporean host. Again accusing the longtime United States ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"
The North Korean motorcade, believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, travels along Singapore's Orchard Road, June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit with United States leader Donald Trump.
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North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization, but experts have expressed concern over the varying definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang.
Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan tweeted a selfie with Kim on the surprise walkabout late Monday.
Before that, the top story in North Korea was tremendously mundane by comparison: a full account of Mr Kim's trip to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang.
The motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the Capella hotel, the venue of the summit between North Korea and the U.s., on Sentosa island in Singapore.
It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.
Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.
That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what the leaders should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for resolving key issues, a senior U.S official said, adding that the meetings were also an ice breaker of sorts, allowing the teams to get better acquainted after decades of minimal contact between their nations.
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