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

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

Kim met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, "made an entry in the visitors' book, and had a friendly talk with him", according to KCNA. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet at the luxury resort for nuclear talks next week in Singapore.

The White House later said discussions with North Korea had moved "more quickly than expected" and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night, after the summit. I think things could work out very nicely.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

Kim Jong Un has enjoyed a stroll in Singapore a day before he is due to meet with Donald Trump. "He has that opportunity and he won't have that opportunity again", US President Donald Trump said Saturday before heading for Singapore.

Mr Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he met other world leaders.

The two Koreas agreed to pursue trilateral meetings - or quadrilateral meetings involving China - "with a view to declaring an end to the War" on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Armistice on July 27 in the Panmunjom Declaration signed by Moon and Kim in April. Will they simply shake hands? Illustrating the divisions within Trump's administration about the wisdom of pursuing diplomacy with the North, Pompeo has been a driving force behind the meeting as national security adviser John Bolton has become a more behind the scenes player.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is prepared to take actions to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

While no agenda has been officially announced, it is being speculated that bilateral relations between the two nations might also come up, as the U.S., as well as the United Nations, has put additional sanctions on North Korea in recent times following Kim Jong Un's repeated missile tests.

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting. "We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

The U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, plans another round of meetings Monday afternoon with North Korean officials as both sides continue to prepare for Tuesday's summit in Singapore.

Trump has already floated the possibility of inviting Kim to Washington if the summit goes well. The official was not authorized to comment publicly about on internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

"Oh my God, is Kim Jong Un coming?" shouted one guest, shortly before he appeared to set off for his evening jaunt.

After concluding the summit, Trump planned to speak to reporters in Singapore before flying home, the White House said.

Totalitarian North Korea's governing ideology of "Juche", which champions self-sufficiency, has brought little but decades of economic stagnation, widespread poverty and, at times, starvation. The first is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. Monday EDT.

From there, the two leaders will head to a one-on-one meeting accompanied only by translators, then to a second bilateral meeting with more participants, and finally to a working lunch.

He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - travelling twice to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarised Zone for recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea, respectively.

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