Kim Jong Un Suprises Crowds With Late-Night Tour In Singapore

Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un

Kim smiled as he took a selfie with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the scenic waterfront Gardens by the Bay. Days earlier, in the North Korean village of Panmunjom, negotiations between diplomats from Washington and Pyongyang stalled when North Korea's vice-foreign minister Choe Son-hui said that denuclearization "should not be on the table for the Singapore summit" - a demand that would nullify the meeting's objective from the White House's perspective.

This image made from video of an undated still image broadcast in a news bulletin by North Korea's KRT on Monday, May 15, 2017, shows leader Kim Jong Un at what was said to be a missile test site at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

North Korea is seeking a security guarantee - possibly including a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War - and the removal of the U.S.'s nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan.

Security is tight ahead of the summit between two unpredictable men who in the past have threatened to destroy the other's country during the stand-off over North Korea's nukes.

Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong accompanied her brother to the historic summit in Singapore, but in separate flights amid security concerns by the secretive regime, according to multiple reports.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana in Singapore on Sunday.

He said his perception of Kim - a "bad guy with nuclear weapons" - had improved considerably following his two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

"Sending Kim Yong-chol to NY may serve to cut out a layer of middlemen - to get urgent clarifications and/or send a relatively unfiltered message to Washington that they are going to have to modify their approach if this is going to happen", Mr Pollack said. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.

Later, Pompeo shared a picture of Trump speaking with the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

Kim and Trump are planning to meet one-on-one on Tuesday for the first ever summit between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

Trump said "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

He's also repeatedly expressed his support for a meeting between Trump and Kim - even offering to facilitate it or serve as an ambassador of sorts. His leading role may signify the Korea-centric view that North Korea takes of these interactions.

"It's about attitude", Trump said. "Just my touch, my feel".

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