President Trump meets Kim Jong Un

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went on a surprise tour of downtown Singapore on Monday night, just hours before he was due to take part in a landmark meeting with US President Donald Trump.

When pressed for a breakdown on the summit expenses, he said, "I think if you calculate the price of everything in this world, you will miss out the really important things".

The two men kicked off their summit with a handshake shortly after 9 a.m. local time Tuesday - 9 p.m. Monday in NY - marking the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

Presumably they are high-fiving over the successful but by no means guaranteed or likely negotiation of an extremely delicate denuclearization agreement and the deescalated global threat of the mass loss of life through nuclear annihilation. As the two flags hung side-by-side in the backdrop for the first time ever, both Kim and Trump expressed hope that their summit would be fruitful. Assuming that nuclear war doesn't break out.

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


"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Members of the U.S. delegation, including USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, and John Bolton, national security adviser, left, and North Korean advisers watch a television screen showing the meeting.

Still, he said, Mr. Trump's aim with Mr. Kim was clear: to build trust by creating a personal bond.

Adding that meet was "very, very, very good", Trump said both the countries have an "excellent relationship". 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. "I mean, what world is that we're living in?"

The summit is being held at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the Singapore mainland and started at 1pm.


Rodman grew emotional in the interview as he recalled former president Barack Obama failing to take him seriously when he returned from Pyongyang with a message from Mr Kim after one of his trips. US officials have said a best case scenario would be that it serves as a launching pad for negotiations that would provide Kim with physical security and his closed off nation with economic assurances in exchange for irreversibly dismantling his country's nuclear capabilities.

Trump has insisted that Pyongyang must give up its nuclear weapons ambition.

Unprecedented talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea have gone "better than anybody could have expected", Donald Trump said after several hours of meeting and dining with Kim Jong-un.

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said USA sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts.


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