5 latest North Korea summit developments: What you missed overnight

  • 5 latest North Korea summit developments: What you missed overnight

5 latest North Korea summit developments: What you missed overnight

When asked upon landing in Singapore how he was feeling about the encounter, Trump gave a brief answer: "Very good".

The two men share a taste for colourful rhetoric - past year Kim called the United States president a "mentally deranged USA dotard" and was dubbed "little rocket man" in turn. "And, for me, the best-case scenario would be, at this point, for President Trump to step back from the process and hand it over to the professional diplomats and negotiators to work out these details". "We'd start at least a dialogue", Trump told reporters as he departed the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada.

Besides, Singapore's prime minister "wished Chairman Kim success for the US-DPRK Summit and expressed hope that the US-DPRK meeting will advance the prospects for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the larger region". That evening, he said in a tweet that "great progress" was already being made and that denuclearization - "not just a freeze" - was on the table.

A United States official said Monday that after a handshake scheduled for 9 am Tuesday, Trump and Kim will first meet one on one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers.

North Korea wants a staged approach to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and a security guarantee from the USA in return.

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

Trump has returned to his hotel after meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

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

Observers in the region warn that ultimatums over denuclearization could make military confrontation between the USA and North Korea even more likely, a situation Zhao Hai from China's Academy of Social Sciences described as a "down-spiral of security" that could turn into a nuclear "nightmare".

President Trump holding detailed discussions with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana Palace today

Plans for the meeting almost foundered after Trump abruptly withdrew in May, citing North Korea's "open hostility" during negotiations.

Pyongyang has taken some steps to show sincerity, returning US detainees and blowing up its nuclear test site. "The US position remains clear and unchanged". The secretary of state has traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim and will participate in the Singapore talks.

"I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen", said Trump.

Last week, amid reports that President Trump wasn't doing much studying for his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he claims that formal briefings are unnecessary.

What did the secretary of state say?

Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

More police officers patrol the Esplanade Bridge in Singapore on June 10. "The haters, they say, 'Oh, you're giving him a meeting, '" Trump said.

"I am on a mission of peace and we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people from all", he said. However, we'll just have to wait and see how it actually pans out. But any request for the U.S. to withdraw its 28,000 troops from South Korean bases would likely be rejected. "Given the history of the way KCNA has reported, I think that is a sign for optimism".