Kim summit: Singapore meeting between United States and North Korean leaders nears

12 June, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Billie Castillo
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The 70-year-old, who was not on the North Korea trip, was active in Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the weekend.

"I feel really great", Trump said.

Details were not shared about how the discussions have progressed so far and Trump and Kim have yet to meet face-to-face.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore hours apart Sunday. Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he attended a meeting with other world leaders.

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

He said that the cost is all part of the $20 million Singapore is spending to host the meeting.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement.

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President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for historic summit

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit. The talks are expected to be devoted to the future of Pyongyang's nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA 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 US and the North.

As first reported by Fox News, a working lunch will then be held including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger; and Sung Kim, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and a former North Korea policy official. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The White House said Trump will leave Singapore 15 hours ahead of schedule, flying back to Washington on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday morning.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

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