Trump, Kim to meet on Tues. amid hopes for security breakthrough

Trump, Kim to meet on Tues. amid hopes for security breakthrough

Trump, Kim to meet on Tues. amid hopes for security breakthrough

And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications. That's Trump's beverage of choice.

At a working lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Trump voiced optimism, telling Lee, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

After a flurry of contacts between the two Koreas, South Korean officials suggested to Trump in March that Kim would be willing to meet face-to-face and the US president agreed.

The streets were lined with press and onlookers with cell phones as Trump's motorcade made its way from his hotel.

Kim Dae-jung, who fought North Korean communist guerrillas during the Korean War, was adamant that there must not be war again on the peninsula, and that the fate of the region should not be left in the hands of superpowers.

Kim will hold a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in the city-state on June 12.

In a series of Monday tweets from Singapore, Trump defended his position by saying "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

He is expected to have a meet and greet session with U.S. embassy staff after his session with Prime Minister Lee. In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through August 10.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a supporter of the Sunshine Policy, has made a fresh effort at detente since he was voted to power in May previous year.

Trump and Kim met for about 40 minutes Tuesday one-on-one, joined only by interpreters. Key gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail for two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War, and the officials were trying to push the agenda forward before the leaders meet on Tuesday.

Rodman struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim over their shared love of basketball, but he says former President Barack Obama never took him seriously.

Before flying home, Trump planned to speak to reporters in Singapore after concluding the summit, the White House said. Meanwhile, U.S. and North Korean officials huddled at a hotel Monday ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

North Korea's official media reported Monday that Kim plans to discuss denuclearization and a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the peninsula, as well as a "new" relationship with the United States and other issues of mutual concern "required by the changed era", when he meets Trump.

The KCNA report noted the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

North Korean and United States negotiators met in Singapore on Monday for final preparations on the eve of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, seeking to bridge the gaps over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Sanders says Trump spent his flight from Canada to Singapore "meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore".

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table.

The nearest template would not be based on American-style capitalism, but China's state-controlled market economy first championed by Deng Xiaoping, who became China's leader in 1978, these experts said.

Kim Jong-un can't be bullied by threats of military attacks, and he can't be bought by the offer to lift sanctions.

The trade-off of North Korea's nuclear weapons in return for worldwide legitimacy for the Pyongyang regime is an approach that previous US Administrations considered and rejected.

After their spending about an hour together on their own, Trump and Kim are expected to continue their talks with the full delegations from both of their countries.

Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. June 11 on the U.S. East Coast.

Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of North Korea.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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