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Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un

Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un

Rodman, who was once a contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice", said he once gave Kim a copy of Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" to help him understand the United States president better.

Kim is staying at the $9,000-a-night presidential suite at the St. Regis Hotel, while Trump is at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel.

He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who took a selfie, before stopping at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which resembles a giant surfboard perched on three tall columns, for a look out over the bright lights of the city from its rooftop garden and swimming pool. It found that not only had North Korea provided a "qualitative increase" to Iran's missile capabilities, it ultimately furthered Iran's self-sufficiency in the production of medium-range ballistic missiles and could "significantly improve" Iran's ability to create an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In extraordinary scenes, Kim smiled as he walked and waved towards the crowd of tourists, families and media as a "woo" went up.

New details of the agenda have been released. He told reporters that the discussions are "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

What are the talks about?

Trump has openly floated the possibility of striking a peace deal formally ending the Korean War 65 years after an armistice ceased military hostilities. In Trump's words, "They have to de-nuke".

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

A formal end to the Korean war may also be discussed.

The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.




The 45-minute talk between Trump and Kim was held privately. "China will be more than happy to facilitate that strategic transition, but a precondition to doing that is a better North Korea-US relationship".

The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached. After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. In exchange, Trump agreed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea.

HU: Well, in some ways, the fact that President Trump came here to meet one-on-one, face-to-face with Kim Jong Un is already an achievement by the regime in North Korea.

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Talks of this kind typically take months to prepare.

What do both sides want?

The evening tour may have been an attempt to highlight to Kim the economic benefits that could flow - with USA support - if Kim agrees to give up his nuclear arsenal. Carrying with them hopes to end seven decades of hostility and the threat of a nuclear confrontation, the meeting between the two firebrand leaders will be watched closely by people across the world.

Kim Jong-un, like his father, does not yet trust American commitments, particularly after the USA promised political and economic benefits to Libya's Muammar al-Qaddafi similar to what it is now promising the North Koreans. On Monday, she met senior USA diplomat Sung Kim at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to make final preparations for the summit. "If Trump gets something about this, it will boost his agenda".


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