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

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President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un came together for a momentous summit Tuesday that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat, with Trump pledging that "working together we will get it taken care of".

Shanmugam is Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs and he is responsible for ensuring security at the summit, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean top leader.

Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting.

Trump arrived in Singapore calling the summit a "one-time shot" for Kim, who is being urged to abandon his weapons program and normalize relations with the rest of the world in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S. North Korea has long anxious about an American invasion and justifies its nuclear buildup as a way to defend itself.

Pushed about whether USA troop numbers would be on the agenda in Singapore, Mattis replied, "I don't believe it is".

At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Loong said that the summit cost approximately $20 million, which is a price the Singapore was "willing to pay".

A report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the summit would feature "wide-ranging and profound talks" and was being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

El líder norcoreano Kim Jong-un y el presidente de EEUU Donald Trump
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DPRK refers to the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader.

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 U.S. administrations have failed to do.

Absent a detailed historical record and corroborating witnesses, the president's interlocutor could potentially leave the meeting and misrepresent what transpired, creating a he-said-he-said showdown that could turn into a major headache for the USA leader.

"Past practices and prejudices were obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of them and are here today", Kim said. Trump briefly called off the summit a few weeks ago before agreeing again to the meeting.

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health". "I asked him, I said, I have something to say from North Korea, and he just brushed me off", Rodman told the CNN host. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit. After all, having aides present in high-stakes meetings - especially ones with adversaries like the leader of North Korea - provides a president with a modicum of protection, ensuring there are staffers on hand to take accurate notes. Haenle served as the White House representative at negotiations with North Korea under U.S. President George W. Bush, and as a national security advisor in the Obama administration.

The President is well-prepared for tomorrow's engagement with Chairman Kim.

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