Trump casts North Korea summit as just a first date

  • Trump casts North Korea summit as just a first date

Trump casts North Korea summit as just a first date

"If the summit becomes a success, the Singaporean efforts will go down in history", Kim said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana in Singapore on Sunday. He also thanked his Singapore hosts for their hospitality.

Even so, the summit continues to be a sensitive topic in North Korea and it is hard - even more so than usual - to get people to express opinions about it. "Thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit".

Trump, who is offering to reduce economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, also seemed to warn Kim that the summit is a "one-time opportunity" that should not be wasted.

Regardless, Trump seemed determined to keep his meeting with Kim low-key, dangling the possibility of a future summit in the USA if things go well this week. However, others reported that the Air China Boeing 747 took off before the leader's jet did by an hour or two as a security measure to avoid making his mode of transportation known.

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.

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In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of a highly anticipated summit. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage. President's Trump team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, will join an expanded meeting. He has been to Beijing twice and has briefly crossed the frontier at the Demilitarised Zone with South Korea to meet its president.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program.

"I feel that Kim Jong-Un wants to do something great for his people". The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event today.

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearisation as the United States defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings. "I think things could work out very nicely".