What happened in Singapore on the eve of Trump-Kim summit?

What happened in Singapore on the eve of Trump-Kim summit?

What happened in Singapore on the eve of Trump-Kim summit?

Some of the crowds of tourists and locals taking photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he visit the Marina Bay Sands during a city tour.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan takes a selfie with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a stroll in Merlion Park Monday evening.

Four-star general and vice chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, Kim Yong Chol, party vice chairman and director of its International Affairs Department Ri Su Yong and foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, were among them. Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Mr Trump sounded a positive note at the lunch meeting, telling Mr Lee, "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

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After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

Pyongyang, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule. But North Korea's nuclear ambitions are the effect, not the cause, of confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. U.S. officials scheduled to take part in Tuesday's expanded meeting will include Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he left the G7 summit early and alienated leaders with a refusal to agree to a post-meeting communique on trade policy.

North Korea tends to keep its official government commentary on the pages of Rodong Sinmun, which routinely threatened nuclear annihilation of the American mainland previous year.

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U.S. President Donald Trump heads to the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore after arriving in the country on June 10, 2018, in this photo provided by AFP. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee. But nuclear confrontation on the Korean Peninsula has a much longer history, going back to the 1950s when the United States considered using the atomic bomb on North Korea during the Korean War and stationed tactical nuclear weapons in the South in 1958.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the delegations were "rapidly" making progress, but it will come down to the meeting between the two leaders. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era". The White House said Trump will address reporters on Tuesday before flying back to the US. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a USA official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

The historic handshake between Trump and Kim is to occur Tuesday on the 12-hectare grounds of the luxurious Capella Hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

After initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before entering a meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

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