Immediately after the G7 meeting in Canada, president Trump flew to Singapore where he arrived yesterday for what some newspapers call a historic meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, also referred to as the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a USA official said.
USA partners in the region, particularly South Korea and Japan, are concerned that Trump's eagerness to struck a diplomatic win might lead to him to give away too much too early, perhaps undermining United States security guarantees to its allies as a way of resassuring Kim of the safety of his regime.
Singapore has been following developments on the Korean peninsula closely for a long time, the Prime Minister told the North Korean leader.
But they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.
Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.
"And that it's Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un makes it feel like we've gone through the looking-glass".
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Both North Korea and the US have nonetheless sought to set expectations high. A final working lunch with Kim is planned to conclude the summit.
James Walsh, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with extensive experience in back-channel negotiations with the Pyongyang government said that the focus on personal chemistry rather than technical details represented a win for the North Korea.
Trump was presented with a birthday cake by his Singaporean host.
Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.
While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".
Rodman told reporters at Changi Airport that he had travelled to Singapore "to see what's going on" and that he hoped "that things turn out to be well for everyone in the world". "I said maybe in the first minute".
Moments later, however, the two men went their separate ways, without signing any document, leaving in their wake a crackle of expectation around a summit that mixed Mr. Trump's flair for reality television with the high stakes of nuclear politics.More news: Tesla cutting 9% of jobs - Elon Musk
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