Trump leaves hotel in Singapore for historic summit with DPRK leader

Trump leaves hotel in Singapore for historic summit with DPRK leader

Trump leaves hotel in Singapore for historic summit with DPRK leader

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday, Trump's Twitter timeline shows an interesting history between the two leaders - one that's marred by insults and threats, with the odd compliment in between.

Instead, he told reporters last weekend he would rely on "my touch, my feel" to assess the young and mercurial leader.

"Why would Kim... believe any commitments President Trump makes when he arbitrarily tears up an agreement with which the other party is complying?" said Antony Blinken, who was deputy secretary of state under Barack Obama.

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers", Trump wrote on Twitter from Singapore on Tuesday morning. Recently, Kim Jong Un sent him to the United States to hand-deliver a letter to Trump, making him North Korea's most senior official to visit its wartime foe in 18 years.

Kim's main concern is the survival of his own regime - South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters that the Pyongyang leader had "concerns on whether he could trust that the USA would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself".

The two leaders then faced the cameras as Trump offered remarks rendered inaudible by the noise of flashing cameras.

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NBC News reported Kim had asked remarks be not made during the initial encounter.

Former U.S. National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in Singapore late on Monday for the summit, saying he was "excited to be part of it", although there has been no indication he would be involved in any official talks. Kim then called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and a "frightened dog". Most importantly, few believe Kim is actually willing to give up the nuclear weapons that cement his grip on power.

Siegfried Hecker, a noted U.S. nuclear expert, said the immediate CVID of the North was "unimaginable" and "tantamount to a North Korean surrender scenario".

But Trump said, "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding, "Sounds a little bit unusual, but that's probably the easy part".

Later in the day, advisers joined the talks for a larger bilateral session and a working lunch.

Lunch included a blend of Western and Asian cuisine, including Korean stuffed cucumber and soy-braised cod. The main dish was beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steam broccolini.

He is scheduled to meet Kim for the first time at 9 a.m.

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Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president.

The document he and Kim signed said the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The reclusive leader broke away from summit preparations Monday evening for a mini-tour, including a night-time stroll on the Singapore waterfront.

The White House announced Monday that Trump will leave Singapore earlier than originally planned, saying negotiations with North Korea have moved "more quickly than expected".

But there was no mentioning the previous United States aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

In the run-up to Tuesday's historic face-to-face with Kim, Trump has appeared unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.

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