North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators in Singapore

"President Trump last month briefly called off this summit and he has repeatedly threatened to walk out if he doesn't believe the negotiations are serious".

Waiters were spotted near an elaborate dining room carrying Diet Cokes.

Shortly afterward, he had a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana palace, during which he expressed gratitude for providing logistical support for the summit.

The meeting between Trump and Lee was followed by expanded bilateral meetings and a working lunch.

Kim and Trump will sit down for talks at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, usually better known for hosting Singapore's Universal Studios amusement park. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

He said he did not discuss a possible meeting venue with Trump but "many" countries including Austria were keen to help in organising such a summit.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the surveys conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters will continue through August 10.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, "Trump said at a press conference in Canada before departing the G-7 summit for Singapore".

Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North. "The North Koreans have already gotten one major concession: a meeting with the president".

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Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

Word does get around, however, and the prospect of a meeting between Kim and Trump had already been on the public's radar. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

USA and DPRK officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting. "If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said.

Richardson, who has extensive experience negotiating with North Korea, advised Trump to take Kim aside during their meeting and talk to him one on one. Around 20 North Korean guards - distinguishable by red loyalty badges - had earlier taken up positions, some on upper floors overlooking the hotel's lobby.

The KCNA news agency heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said United States and North Korean officials would hold working-level talks on Monday.

But in a sharp turnaround, preparations for the summit resumed after Kim showed his willingness for a summit with Trump and for denuclearization at a second summit with President Moon Jae-in on May 26.

"The success will be in the shutter clicks of the cameras", he said.

It is unclear, however, under what terms North Korea would agree to in an effort to reduce its nuclear arsenal.

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