Ditching entourages, Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet 1 on 1

  • Ditching entourages, Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet 1 on 1

Ditching entourages, Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet 1 on 1

Though in sober moments he has framed the summit in Singapore this week as a mere introduction to the North Korean leader, the president, ever self-confident, has been unable to mask his apparent belief that his own unique talent as a negotiator could produce a landmark deal - on the spot.

Some observers insist that it's the beginning of the complete denuclearisation of North Korea.

Trump will also speak with reporters in Singapore before departing for home.

The report also said Mr Kim was accompanied by his foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, defence minister No Kwang Chol and sister Ms Kim Yo Jong.

The reports come after months of silence about the summit in North Korea, where official news outlets have revealed little about the impending meeting - even as the rest of the world has buzzed incessantly with anticipation for it.

A transport plane - one of three aircraft that headed to Singapore - also carried food and Kim's bullet-proof limousine.

Wagar told CNBC that until Trump, the recent USA position had been "we will have six-party talks that included Japan, Korea, China, the United States, and North Korea ..."

"We could absolutely sign an agreement" to end the Korean War, Trump said at a White House news conference last week.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some US politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda. A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish, and multiple scenarios for how key issues could be resolved.

In part, these lowered expectations are a reflection of the extreme skepticism among many that the North can be persuaded to give up a nuclear programme it has stubbornly built over the decades, often in secrecy and despite intense sanctions, global condemnation and widespread suffering among its people.

"[North Korea's] media is old school", explained North Korea expert and journalist Jean Lee in a tweet.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels about a kilometre and a half apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.

He visited North Korea over the Easter weekend while still in his role as Central Intelligence Agency director, meeting with Kim Jong Un to begin planning the summit.

While en route to Singapore, Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he anticipated would be an exciting day.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

Flattery and Threats Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.