Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

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The president is counting on his personal skills to persuade Kim that abandoning North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and the security it provides him, is in his country's and the world's best interests.

Pope Francis said on Sunday he hoped a forthcoming summit in Singapore between Trump and Jong Un will lead to peace for Korea. It will be the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

0155 Trump says the meeting was "very, very good", says they have an "excellent relationship".

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".

0224 Looking at who is in the group meeting, Kim has Kim Yong Chol, his most trusted policy adviser, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, the top Workers' Party official for worldwide affairs.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States, insisting he would swiftly achieve what previous USA administrations have failed to do. As a rule, they would only report on the leader's movements after the event. "We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session.

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The upper floors have suites at more than S$5,000 a night and the Presidential Suite, at about S$9,000 a night, according to the hotel's web site. "The past has placed many obstacles in our way but we overcame all of them and we are here today".

The pair greeted each other at a luxury hotel on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast, before heading in for talks about denuclearisation.

"It's not like the Trump-Kim summit will solve everything", he added. That's raising concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear programme, which experts believe he sees a vital to the survival of his family's dynastic rule. The huddle will come before a larger meeting and a working lunch attended by top advisers to the president and their North Korean counterparts.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting. Trump said after a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chul at the Whitehouse. No, no, say others, you need to manage your expectations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier urged the two leaders to seize the opportunity "to support a peaceful, prosperous, secure and verifiably denuclearized Korean Peninsula".

What does success look like? He also came to Singapore on a Chinese plane, travelling via China, on his way to Singapore.

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Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

This is a very high bar and probably unrealistic after one meeting.

DPRK refers to the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"While a summit between Trump and Kim would be historic, it is unlikely to be decisive".

Mr. Kim replied, in translated comments captured by cameras: "The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward".

Probably. In fact, Trump has been doing quite a bit of this lately.

Trump says Kim summit all about attitude, not preparation
The president asserted North Korea must denuclearize, and indicated he will not provide sanctions relief without that happening. Still Trump predicted that he'll know very quickly whether Kim is serious about dealing with US demands.

Any downgrading of the United States military presence in South Korea would likely be resisted by the White House and unpopular in South Korea. He described it as a "get to know you plus" meeting.

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