Negotiators scramble to put something together for Trump and Kim

Negotiators scramble to put something together for Trump and Kim

Mr Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

Few people expect Kim to commit to what some Trump administration officials call "CVID:" Complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of nuclear weapons programs - certainly not at this meeting, and perhaps not ever.

Giving voice to the anticipation felt around the world as the meeting opened, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday he "hardly slept" before the summit. There was no need to.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that Washington remained committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome. "They both get what they want".

"[President Trump] is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union.

He also said the city-state has kept a close eye on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and it understands that the issue is long-standing and complicated.

For his part, Trump accused the summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of lying, and threatened to end trade with G-7 nations that he said use unfair practices.

Media captionBarbed wire and smuggled crabs: Watching North Korea from China How did they arrive?

U.S. President Donald Trump heads to the Shangri La Hotel in Singapore after arriving in the country

He was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he stepped off his plane.

The invitation to Pyongyang contained in the letter, which was handed by Kim Jong-un's top aide Kim Yong Chol to the US President Trump on June 1, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing its sources privy to the matter.

Kim landed about 3:30 p.m. and appeared relaxed in the swarm of cameras and glad-handing Singapore government officials at the airport.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months. She emerged as an influential figure in Pyongyang's opaque leadership in February, when she led a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"More than anything, it was China's decision to enforce sanctions that squeezed the economy and made removing of the sanctions an urgent task for Kim", he said.

The Wonsan Special Tourist Zone in the east coast, or the suspended inter-Korean factory park in the North's border city of Kaesong are some other examples Kim might pursue to maintain state controls over the economy, experts say.

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Media captionTrump-Kim summit: Can you achieve peace on a plate?

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. But after some diplomatic scrambling, the two leaders will now sit down together.

Trump Kim summit: USA president lauds deal despite scepticism
Best case scenario is the two sides start talking, North Korea decides the no longer a threat and scales back its arsenal. President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are signing a joint agreement, although the exact details are still unknown.

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