[Newsmaker] Who joined Trump, Kim at summit table?

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during Trump summit

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US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a small resort island off Singapore's port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting US and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be honest about his willingness to denuclearise.

He also spoke of how happy he was that Trump had agreed to meeting with Kim, which no USA president has done before.

Kim only started meeting with foreign leaders in recent months, slowly shedding a reputation as the reclusive ruler of the so-called Hermit Kingdom after summits with the Chinese and South Korean presidents.

The key players have arrived, with North Korea's Kim Jong-un touching down Sunday after his longest plane journey since taking power.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.

The scores of aides, bodyguards and diplomats who accompanied the leaders from Washington and Pyongyang waited elsewhere for the roughly 40-minute one-on-one meeting in Singapore.

"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.

"We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!" he wrote.

North Korea's definition of "complete denuclearisation" reportedly covers the removal of the United States nuclear umbrella from the Korean Peninsula as a security guarantee, in return for the permanent dismantling of North Korea's nuclear program.

Now he's in Singapore, ready to negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

0007 Trump is still busy tweeting about domestic issues, less than an hour before the meeting.

"North Korea's not going to change the way they do business unless they believe that the military option's on the table", Graham, R-S.C., said on "Sunday Morning Futures".

On Sunday, Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" after criticising U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and Trump's positions on trade in a news conference following the summit. Kim had his own harsh words, calling the president a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Singapore's government said it has spent about $20 million to be the host of the summit, Tracy reports, so perhaps they will get some money back from tourists buying summit swag. -North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018.

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