All eyes on Trump, Kim Jong-un summit on Tuesday

  • All eyes on Trump, Kim Jong-un summit on Tuesday

All eyes on Trump, Kim Jong-un summit on Tuesday

Given the number of times, Trump had warned Kim against expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, discussing denuclearisation of the North is high on the US' agenda at the 12 June meeting in Singapore.

The move was in reaction to North Korea's criticism of USA vice president Mike Pence's statement that the country could meet the same fate as Libya if it failed to meet a nuclear deal with the US.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit, set to held on Tuesday (June 12), between a leader of North Korea and a sitting U.S. president.

Accompanying Kim Jong Un on the night-time sightseeing tour was his security detail as well as his sister and close adviser Kim Yo Jong, who arrived to Singapore on Sunday on a separate plane from her brother, and former foreign minister and ruling party high-ranking official Ri Su Yong, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

Given the uncertainty and the constant back and forth, there has been much speculation the world over about the possible outcomes of the Trump-Kim meeting, especially about whether Pyongyang would agree to complete denuclearisation.

Offering a preview to reporters, Pompeo said it could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.

This trip, like the last one, is sponsored by potcoin.com, the crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana industry, Rodman said on Twitter.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

Sky News video showed the impressive motorcade that that carried Kim from the airport to his overnight lodgings.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

In a recent Instagram post, Rodman shared a photo of himself posing with Trump, calling the president "one of the best negotiators of all time". Kim has led the US team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.

Preliminary meetings have already begun. "Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister is also in Singapore.

Still, some Singaporeans are getting into the swing of things. Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju.

Mr Balakrishnan, who met Mr Trump and Mr Kim separately on Sunday evening, told the BBC that both leaders were feeling "supremely confident".

With all the worldwide attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right?

Singapore's reputation for rigid law and order was seen as a major factor for being chosen to host Tuesday's summit. The president also refused to sign a G-7 joint statement pledging cooperation. In fact, North Korea merely said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down a key testing site.

It is no easy task.

Choe Son-hui is North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister and was leading talks on behalf of North Korea with the United States in Panmunjom in the lead-up to the summit. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty. It started with significant diplomatic overtures from North Korea towards South Korea during the Winter Olympics.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation. He said last week that he expects to know "within the first minute" of their meeting if Kim is serious about giving up his weapons.

"Just my touch, my feel", Trump replied.

Kim's 3,600-square-foot presidential suite at the St. Regis goes for about $8,000 a night. President Trump has described it as a "get-to-know-you situation" and said "it's going to be a process". And he won't have that opportunity again.