5 latest North Korea summit developments: What you missed overnight

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump and leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un are due to hold a one-on-one meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, with only translators present.

Trump and Kim are expected to sit down together in Singapore at 9 a.m. Tuesday - which is 9 p.m. Monday New York time. -North Korea Summit comes after Kim made history in April by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory since the Korean War armistice in 1953.

Trump, who arrived Sunday night, tweeted Monday morning: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the USA as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.

The US has said it will offer North Korea unique security assurances in return for compete denuclearisation.

So how should Trump communicate with Kim?

Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel.

As Kim Jong-un paid a visit to Singapore's finer locations, media outlets and journalists were excited to catch a glimpse of the leader.

Nobody is pretending North Korea can ape Singapore but the message to Kim of the hermit kingdom is clear - come in from the cold on the steaming hot humid south Asian island of Singapore.

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He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who took a selfie, before stopping at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which resembles a giant surfboard perched on three tall columns, for a look out over the bright lights of the city from its rooftop garden and swimming pool.

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 more than one meeting may be necessary.

It was a far cry from past year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the USA president as the "mentally deranged United States dotard". "Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds.

Describing the summit as a "historic" occasion, KCNA reported Monday that Kim would be exchanging "wide-ranging and profound views" during the meeting on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

The outcome may determine the fate of North Korea's nuclear programme. Positive results would do away with the need for South Korea to have to choose between "solidarity with the US" and stability in the Korean peninsula.

It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

Participants in a mass rally gather in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang on September 23, 2017. Pyongyang's weapons program benefits from forced labor.

With few sources of information other than the state-run media, gossip, and word of mouth, most North Koreans were largely in the dark about the momentous events that are about to take place outside their isolated nation.

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