North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the Group of Seven meeting there, telling Singaporean officials who welcomed him that he was feeling "very good" about the summit.

Differing reports stated that Kim was on an Air China aircraft, not a private jet. On Sunday, as the global media swarmed Singapore and Kim arrived on a special Air China flight, just hours before Trump, there was still no word.

U.S. and North Korean negotiators met in a Singapore hotel on Monday, seeking to clarify the shape of Tuesday's summit, where Trump has said he intends to guided by instinct. And even if North Korea agrees to dismantle all of its nuclear weapons, what's to say it won't make more now that it has the formula?

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks", a dispatch by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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Mr Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim Jong and Mr Trump to come together for the Summit. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons. He also has sought to lower expectations for the meeting, saying it may be the start of a longer process.

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday aboard Air Force One.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the President, Secretary of State, White House Chief of Staff, and National Security Adviser have arrived in Singapore for the June 12 summit.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

The diplomacy is an extraordinary turnaround from previous year, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Tuesday's meeting will be the first time a serving U.S. president has sat down with the leader of North Korea, and comes just months after fears of conflict soared as the two traded personal insults and threats of war.

The meeting was briefly canceled by Trump.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States. He has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korea War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

The meeting, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore Marina Bay district, lasted about two hours, and delegates from both sides appeared expressionless as they left, a South China Morning Post reporter at the scene said.

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