Who will be in the room when Trump meets Kim Jong

Who will be in the room when Trump meets Kim Jong

Who will be in the room when Trump meets Kim Jong

Singapore is footing the hotel bill for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his contingent, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday.

Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong accompanied her brother to the historic summit in Singapore, but in separate flights amid security concerns by the secretive regime, according to multiple reports.

Shortly after arriving in Singapore in the afternoon, Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in North Korea, the nation's highest decision-making body, met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time.

Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Spare a moment, as you anticipate one of the most unusual summits in modern history, to consider North Korea's leader as he leaves the all-encompassing bubble of his locked-down stronghold of Pyongyang and steps off a jet onto Singapore soil for his planned sit-down with President Donald Trump on Tuesday. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals". They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.

But in his new diplomatic role, until March he had not left his country for more than six years, Mr Kim has come across as polite, respectful and even charming in meetings with the Chinese and South Korean leaders.

Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who assisted with the lowering of tensions between North Korea and the global community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is among the North Korean delegation.

So how should Trump communicate with Kim?

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement.

Asia stocks shook off initial modest losses and edged up on Monday ahead of an historic U.S.

Cracks have also begun to appear in the "maximum pressure" campaign of economic sanctions against North Korea, even though Trump insists the USA won't loosen the screws until Pyongyang's nuclear program is dismantled.

Some analysts also raised the prospect of worldwide sanctions against North Korea being lifted.

But he has since lowered expectations, saying the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim. Singapore residents lined downtown streets to watch Trump's armoured vehicle, dubbed The Beast, travel from the Shangri-La hotel.

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.

He said on Thursday that he didn't think he had to prepare very much for the summit and that "it's about attitude".

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the USA as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington. "I think I'll also know whether it will happen fast".

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit.

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