Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

Kim covered by ‘wall of bodyguards’ strolls Singapore quay before meeting Trump

The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

When asked upon landing in Singapore how he was feeling about the encounter, Trump gave a brief answer: "Very good". He brought three airplanes and a convoy of armored vehicles with him from Pyongyang, Time magazine reported.

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

Kim's sister gained notoriety during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, where she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The outcome may determine the fate of North Korea's nuclear programme.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

For his part, Trump accused the summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of lying, and threatened to end trade with G-7 nations that he said use unfair practices.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation. Alongside Trump were other big administration figures including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It is believed that Trump and Kim will begin with a two-hour one-on-one session with translators, before an expanded meeting that includes advisers.

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"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

Pompeo has disputed the notion that the president is moving the goalposts, telling reporters Thursday that Trump "has always understood that this was a process".

Balakrishnan also said that the Singapore government was footing the hotel bill for Kim and his delegation who are staying at the plush St Regis hotel here.

The first came early in the day, showing a glimpse of his morning briefing with Ambassador Sung Kim, the South Korean-born American diplomat who is the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.

The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

Many questions remain unanswered, however, including whether the North Koreans have robust enough communication systems to make sure no one panics and launches an attack, said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were".

Flattery and Threats Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.

"You know the way they say you know if you like somebody in the first five seconds?" We will have seen each other.

So, in this respect at least, it seems this historic summit is no different than Kim's other excursions. "I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity".

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