Trump arrives in Singapore for summit with Kim

Kim Trump Arrive in Singapore for Historic Summit

North Korea has told the United States that it's prepared to discuss denuclearization at the June 12 summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. It will be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a DPRK top leader.

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.

The North, many experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse. Earlier this month, Singapore's defense minister said the US trade threats were as disruptive to the global order as China's military deployments in the disputed South China Sea.

According to South Korean daily Joongang Ilbo, citing a source in Singapore, Mr Kim has invited Mr Trump to North Korea to hold a second summit in July.

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

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Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa for talks, which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Monday's preparatory talks were moving quite rapidly and "and we anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated".

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting. Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Most observers predicted that the outcome would be a short and vague statement build around the ambiguous aim of the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" leaving it to later bilateral meetings to negotiate what that would mean in practice.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, devoted its first two pages and 16 photos to Kim's trip, including images of him boarding an Air China Boeing 747 for the journey.

After that five-day visit, Rodman told reporters, "I'm just trying to open the door".

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