Trump lands in Singapore for summit with North Korea's Kim

Trump lands in Singapore for summit with North Korea's Kim

Trump lands in Singapore for summit with North Korea's Kim

That's Trump's beverage of choice.

Still, even as he turned his attention to the summit, Trump continued his blistering attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, saying "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

The streets were lined with press and onlookers with cell phones as Trump's motorcade made its way from his hotel. But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore earlier than expected - Tuesday evening - raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

Kim and the Singaporean premier discussed "issues of developing the bilateral relations in an all-round way by invigorating wide-ranging exchange and cooperation while maintaining the excellent relations and deepening the friendly relations between the two countries".

It "would instead lay out practical steps with requisite commitments from North Korea that demonstrate that it understands, accepts and is committed to achieving denuclearization as the USA defines it", said Enos, who is also in Singapore to watch the proceedings.

South Korea estimates the North has 50 kilograms of plutonium, reportedly enough for around 10 bombs, and a "considerable" ability to produce uranium weapons.

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Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through August 10.

U.S. and North Korean officials were in talks in Singapore on Monday in a late bid to narrow differences before their leaders hold an unprecedented summit meeting aimed at finding ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula. He most recently travelled there a year ago as a private citizen.

The Koreas plan to hold military talks Thursday to reduce tension across their heavily armed border.

The Trump administration has previously insisted on "complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament" (CVID) of North Korea, with the emphasis on unilateral steps by Pyongyang rewarded by United States security assurances. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

In an editorial, the North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that Trump had "malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership", and was "a disgusting criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people".

The KCNA news agency heralded the summit as part of a "changed era". It comes as officials are revealing more details about meeting - the first between a U.S. president and North Korean leader.

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But it's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the North Korean leader has already achieved some success just by bringing the American president to the table. I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity. The test will be whether a deal has "verifiable elements of a denuclearization", to prove whether the North has dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Trump's advisers expect a brief encounter but do not know how long the president, who likes to improvise, will stay alone with Kim, keeping out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration figures.

Both leaders have arrived in Singapore for their historic meeting.

He arrived from the G7 meeting in Canada over the weekend where the USA and Canada are embroiled in trade and diplomatic spat after Trump chose to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the Demilitarized Zone.

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And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.

US President flew to Singapore from Canada, where he participated in an especially contentious G7 summit that came after he triggered a trade dispute with several of the US' closest allies.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un converged on this island city-state Sunday ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports. Sung Kim was accompanied by Randall Schriver, an assistant secretary for Asia at the Pentagon, Allison Hooker, the National Security Council director for Korea, and other aides.

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