Trump upbeat ahead of NKorean summit; Kim visits Singapore sites

Trump upbeat ahead of NKorean summit; Kim visits Singapore sites

Trump upbeat ahead of NKorean summit; Kim visits Singapore sites

It's historic because no US president has ever met a North Korean leader.

Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful".

Both sides also worked to finalize preparations for the unprecedented summit.

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches. More than 1,000 journalists from around the globe have converged on Singapore, though few may actually lay eyes on the two leaders.

At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Loong said that the summit cost approximately $20 million, which is a price the Singapore was "willing to pay". After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

The first came early in the day, showing a glimpse of his morning briefing with Ambassador Sung Kim, the South Korean-born American diplomat who is the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.

It was a striking about-face 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 USA dotard". After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

North Korean leader's Kim Jong Un was pictured with Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan and education minister Ong Ye Kung on a night out just hours ahead of his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump. East Coast time - according to the White House.

Such characteristic caution notwithstanding, the prospect of the summit is generating a great deal of interest among every day North Koreans.

In recent days, Trump had suggested the meeting could last days, potentially even resulting in a nuclear deal. The U.S. keeps about 30,000 troops in South Korea and has a military alliance that guarantees its security. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

In its illustrative preview of what the two leaders aim to achieve at the summit, the BCC said what most have been thinking - "Frankly, it's not yet clear". They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

Since his election as president in November 2018, several media houses have been vehement critics of the U.S. president and his policies-unswayed by his constant "FAKE NEWS" attacks-and they made no exception with their comments on the Trump-Kim meeting.

While in Singapore, security is a top concern for Kim, whose 3,000-mile journey to the Southeast Asian city-state is the farthest he's traveled as leader of North Korea.

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