Trump Admits 'Unknown Territory' Awaits in Kim Summit

Trump predicts ‘terrific relationship’ with Kim Jong Un as historic summit begins

Trump predicts ‘terrific relationship’ with Kim Jong Un as historic summit begins

The president reminded critics that since he first agreed to meet Kim Jong-un, North Korea stopped testing nuclear weapons, paused missile launches, and returned American hostages to the United States. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a US official said.

One of the world's most reclusive leaders, Kim visited Singapore's waterfront on Monday, smiling and waving to onlookers, adding to a more affable image that has emerged since his April summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

The White House said Trump would be joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and the US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, who has lent his Korea expertise to the talks.

Trump's supporters have floated the idea that forging such a treaty, which would need a signoff from China and South Korea, would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

"I just think it's going to work out very nicely", he said during a lunch with Singapore's prime minister on Monday.

One US official said the two sides were working to craft a joint US-North Korea "statement of understanding" that could be released after the talks.

Trump raised eyebrows early in his presidency when he met with Russia's Vladimir Putin during a conference in Germany with only a Kremlin translator present.

At least three people have been turned away from Singapore borders due to summit, says Shanmugam. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.


Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that happened, Pompeo said.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.

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 additional meetings may be necessary.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war previous year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Pompeo traveled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an worldwide pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything". He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

It's not clear what the United States side has been able to extract from the North Koreans in terms of their willingness to get rid of their nuclear weapons or allow inspectors into the country to catalogue the scale of their program.

In some instances, past deals struck by previous USA administrations with North Korea paused - but failed to roll back - North Korea's program, which has only grown over the years.

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