'It's my honor' to meet Kim

Kim arrived with his notorious running security detail

Kim arrived with his notorious running security detail

A White House statement said Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim Tuesday morning, with only translators present, followed by a working lunch and an expanded bilateral meeting that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

At 10am, North Korean vice-minister for foreign affairs, Choi Sun-hee, strode into the Ritz Carlton with her small team.

On Monday, Rodman was photographed arriving at the airport in Singapore in time for the high-profile summit wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with Potcoin's logo that reads "peace starts in Singapore".

Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore hours apart on Sunday for their much-anticipated meeting Tuesday to discuss the regime's nuclear arsenal.

Since Kim took power, Rodman has made five trips to Pyongyang.

Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels less that a kilometre apart in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls. Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he attended a meeting with other world leaders.

While the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, Kim Jong-un reportedly travelled by a Chinese plane, deployed for his personal use, and was received by Singaporean foreign minister.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of skepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

The meeting is the first sit-down between a sitting US president and North Korean leader and is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.


The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached.

There's excitement surrounding the summit but also skepticism that the North will relinquish a nuclear weapons program it spent decades building despite crushing sanctions.

The White House said that Trump would leave Singapore earlier that expected - on Tuesday night local time.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sharing a historic handshake as they meet for the first time.

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

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to get rid of his nuclear weapons, though he has said it may take many more meetings to get to that point.

Trump and Kim may well end up branding tomorrow's summit a success.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

Participants in a mass rally gather in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang on September 23, 2017.

The six-party talks were a series of denuclearization negotiations held between North Korea, South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States over the course of six years.

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