Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un prepare for Singapore summit

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un prepare for Singapore summit

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.

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Kim Jong Un and Trump have shared a rocky relationship leading up to the summit. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of global warnings.

It was reported last month that South Korean President Moon Jae-in might join in the talks between Kim and Trump if their summit in Singapore proves successful.

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!" Getting Pyongyang to swear off its nuclear ambitions is certainly a central prerequisite and condition of North Korea's impending return to the world order, never mind the summit. A second marathon session is expected to begin in the afternoon.

Trump and others in his government have said advancement has been made on obtaining a commitment from Kim to give up all his nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.

But Choi and Sung have since met five times at the demilitarised zone in South Korea in a whirlwind of diplomacy to get the historic meeting on track.

It's "a sign of recognition that the North Koreans have sought for decades". -North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure they are not actually spies. Kim, who arrived in the city earlier on Sunday to participate in the much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump, was accompanied by an army of his running bodyguards.

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Trump arrived a few hours after Kim on Air Force One, directly from a tumultuous G7 summit in Quebec, which ended in a bitter personal exchange between the USA president and the host, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

It is the farthest Kim has travelled since inheriting power in 2011, and only his third known trip outside the country since then, with the use of a Chinese plane raising questions over the state of North Korea's ageing fleet of Soviet-built aircraft.

At the same time, Trump stressed that Washington would not accept Pyongyang's refusal to denuclearize.

The cancelled meeting was ultimately resurrected, and now the pair are less than a day away from holding historic talks.

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G-7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

And based on the tweets that Trump sent Monday morning, it doesn't seem like he left his baggage from the first summit at the door.

But, prior to leaving Canada, the mercurial president again changed his tune, calling it a "one-time shot" and adding that he would know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether an agreement will be possible.

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