North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news

The menu for a working lunch served to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and their delegations during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news

The number of American journalists allowed to witness the one-on-one meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday was limited to seven - a smaller group than would usually be present for such a summit, and one that excluded representatives from the major wire services.

The event-specific symbol features what appears to be a high-five between a hand representing the USA president and one representing the North Korean dictator known for executing his political enemies and exiling large swaths of his nation to prison camps, where they face starvation and torture.

"I think that very quickly I'll know that something good is going to happen", Trump said in Canada where we met leaders of other G7 economies.

Authorities have beefed up security around the hotels where Trump and Kim (Saint Regis) will be staying in central Singapore.

Singapore has been following developments on the Korean peninsula closely for a long time, the Prime Minister told the North Korean leader. Trump appeared to be speaking to Kim throughout the 12 seconds of the handshake but Kim did not reply.

"The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue can not be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders", the president said after the cabinet meeting on Monday.

Trump has insisted that Pyongyang must give up its nuclear weapons ambition.

"Donald Trump was talking in conciliatory terms, nearly submissive, but his body language was clearly saying "I am in charge here", Pease said.

Mr Kim - who is the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, North Korea's highest decision-making body - also shook hands with Dr Vivian, Mr Ong, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs as well as Defence Maliki Osman and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information as well as Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann.

The talks - unimaginable just a few months ago - will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme.

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. The North Korean approach, he added was: "Let's be friends (ie, change the relationship), and then we will change our behaviour". "Maybe it's a surprise I'll see him tomorrow before he leaves", he said.

The top United States and North Korean negotiators held a last-ditch meeting in Singapore on Monday to try to narrow the gap between the two sides on what denuclearisation by North Korea should look like.

It is also unclear whether USA officials will raise human rights issues in meetings with the North Koreans.

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