Trump and Kim meet for historic summit

Top North Korean singer is part of Kim's summit entourage

Top North Korean singer is part of Kim's summit entourage

Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

The aim of the meeting is to put the rogue regime on the path to total denuclearisation, with the North Korean leader flagging a "changed era".

Yokota said she wondered how Japan would be viewed by the rest of the world if it can not seize such a golden opportunity, expressing her hope for the realization of a meeting between Abe and Kim as well as enhanced efforts by the Japanese government toward resolving the abduction issue.

The two clasped hands for a long while Tuesday as they posed for photos in front of a row of US and North Korean flags.

But a trade representative from Pyongyang issued an order on June 9 that there should be no attempts to smuggle goods between China and North Korea and that officials had to report traders' locations every hour during this period, the source said. The outcome, of course, would still be that US goal of complete denuclearization.

North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between United States and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction. those measures will increase".

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them - indeed, just the opposite, that it leads to a better, brighter future for the North Korean people", Pompeo told reporters Monday. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

In a meeting that seemed unthinkable just months ago, Trump and Kim met with staged ceremony at a Singapore island resort.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed his nighttime tour of Singapore, a rare quick disclosure of the leader's detailed itinerary and schedules during his overseas trip.

So in the evening, his motorcade started moving, and he ended up stopping by a botanical garden called Gardens by the Bay and then taking a selfie there with the foreign minister for Singapore, and then moved on to the Marina Bay Sands, the iconic three-tower hotel in Singapore itself.

On the way back to his hotel, Kim walked along a promenade near the Merlion, a giant statue, and fountain, of a mythical creature, half-lion, half-fish - Singapore's unofficial mascot.

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.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty. Immediately after the encounter, Dennis Rodman - one of the only Americans to have met Kim - was openly weeping while being interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo.

In the run-up to Tuesday's historic face-to-face with Kim, Trump has appeared unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.

Rodman said Obama "just brushed me off" and "didn't even give me the time of day".

Kim announced late previous year that his country had obtained the ability to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon, and soon afterwards sought talks with South Korea on participating in the Winter Olympics.

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