President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for historic summit

Donald Trump upbeat ahead of summit with Kim Jong Un North Korean leader visits Singapore sites

Donald Trump at Paya Lebar Air Base Singapore

"When you don't hash out all the issues, just one meeting isn't going to help", Dong said. Trump said. "We will be fine!"

The sides first spoke through intelligence channels, with United States analysts working to determine Kim's true willingness to abandon a nuclear program started by his grandfather and viewed by Pyongyang as a security blanket from outside aggressors.

Concerns have been raised over how the monumental talks, which began shortly after they met each other for the first time, took place without anyone on hand to take notes or witness what was being said.

In March, Trump stunned the world by agreeing to meet Kim after South Korean officials told him that North Korea would suspend missile and nuclear tests, tolerate American military drills and move towards denuclearisation. Trump labelled the North Korean leader "Little Rocket Man" in a speech to the UN General Assembly. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory.

"The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders".

Members of Boston's Korean community were closely watching the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hoping that the meeting will ease tension on the divided peninsula and contribute to eventual reunification.

Singapore was "clean and beautiful", Kim said on the observation deck, adding that he aimed to learn from the knowledge and experience of the southeast Asian nation, as he found it impressive, the official KCNA news agency added.

The PBS NewsHour's Nick Schifrin tells managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff the latest from Singapore. Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour- joined only by translators.

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Nevertheless, analysts say that a long diplomatic process will be needed to achieve peace on the peninsula, and Trump's tweets could get in the way of that.

Hannity, one of the president's most ardent supporters, will talk to Trump at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Previously, he served as intelligence chief and is believed to have been behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

The talks involving other officials were scheduled to run until 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has travelled to North Korea five times since 2013 to engage in unofficial "basketball diplomacy", had until recent months provided the world with some of the only first-hand accounts of Kim.

He points to North Korea's release of American hostages earlier in 2018 and a halt in missile launches and nuclear testing as evidence of progress with North Korea.

Trump and his advisers have said the United States would accept nothing less than full denuclearization before sanctions against the North are lifted, and before North Korea can be fully welcomed into the fold of the broader diplomatic community. At the same time, he'd admitted he didn't believe he required extensive preparation to take stock of Kim. To believe Kim would agree to relinquish his nuclear arsenal-the greatest deterrent for an worldwide campaign to depose his regime-on words alone, or consent to immediately shipping his program out of the country as National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested, were always ludicrous propositions.

On Monday evening, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan took to Twitter to share a selfie of him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Singapore's famous Marina Bay Sands casino.

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