Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, the ex-basketball player said he thinks the North Korean leader "has bigger things to worry about than seeing me right now". Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, secretly met with Kim shortly afterward, setting in motion the sometimes tense negotiations that led to Monday's meeting at the very highest level.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier Monday that the U.S.is "prepared to make security assurances" for North Korea if it denuclearizes. He is not part of the Singapore team, but has just returned from the G7 summit in Canada.0031 Kim's motorcade has arrived.
For Trump, Singapore represents a golden opportunity to overshadow the negative headlines he generated from a contentious G-7 summit.
Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added.
Earlier, before a row of alternating United States and North Korean flags, the leaders shared a warm 13-second handshake at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat.More news: Special counsel indicts Russian, adds charges against Manafort
"The Trump administration deserves tremendous credit for bringing Kim Jong-un to the table through its pressure campaign".
Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.
"This is one of the misconceptions about North Korea, that it's this hermit kingdom that's been static for the past 30, 40 years". In the lead up to the summit, North Korea, however, has rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and its reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant it wants the U.S. to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan, which it sees as a threat.
As per an American media outlet, the meeting today between the two leaders could also mark the official end of the Korean war of 1950-53.
And President Trump has plenty of good reasons to put on a good show in Singapore.