South Koreans Hopeful Peace Will Prevail

South Koreans Hopeful Peace Will Prevail

A USA official says the leaders then plan to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers.

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

U.S. and North Korean officials are meeting Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Trump was greeted by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".

When Trump and Kim meet tomorrow at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches, they will be making history.

"I hope it won't be necessary to walk, because I really believe that Kim Jong-un wants to do something that is going to be great for his people, and also great for his family, and great for himself", Mr. Trump said.

"I think it's important at this point in time, when North Korea has advanced its program so dramatically in terms of ability and nuclear power and its ballistic missile program, to define the deal as the complete, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization of the peninsula".

Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously - or even spoken on the phone.

The US delegation, en route from the G7 meeting in Canada, will arrive Sunday evening, and Trump is set to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday. While Kim and his delegation are now staying at the St. Regis Hotel amid heavy security.

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Modi also said that an "Asia of rivalry" will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century. It also enables China to provide data if the water level exceeds a mutually agreed level during the non-flood season.

The KCNA report was unusual in its clarity, mentioning the "historic first summit meeting and talks" between Kim and Trump.

"Now, imagine, imagine: Imagine that President Trump would come back with some deal, and Britain, France and Germany would applaud it and South Korea and Japan would say that it endangers their existence", Netanyahu said. New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who was on the same show, said, "I love my friend Lindsey Graham, but I think we need a chance at peace".

Trump flew into Singapore's Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday aboard Air Force One.

He was driven into the city centre in a stretch Mercedes-Benz limousine accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, and later met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, thanking him for hosting the event.

Our Kim Hyo-sun tells us more.

"It's about attitude", Trump said.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

"If a breakthrough is achieved, if peace comes, there will be a bountiful harvest, primarily of course within the Korean Peninsula but indeed for all the rest of us", he said. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

The summit between Kim and Trump will cap a remarkable turnaround in relations between two men who were trading furious insults less than six months ago.

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