Trump and Kim shake hands ahead of historic meeting

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

Officials of the two sides held last-minute talks to lay the groundwork for the summit of the old foes, an event nearly unthinkable just months ago, when they were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

President Donald Trump talks with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as they walk from their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2018.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the goal remains the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a policy laid out under the George W. Bush administration and continued through the Obama administration to this point. A final working lunch with Kim is planned to conclude the summit.

"It's never been done before", Trump said of a U.S.

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

"But despite of all that, we've made it here", said Mr Kim.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

At least three people have been turned away from Singapore borders due to summit, says Shanmugam. "Many of us are praying for a successful meeting in #Singapore". -North Korea contact, the official said.

"I'll give whatever support is needed to my friends, President Donald Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un", Rodman tweeted ahead of the summit. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.

The two are due to meet on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa for their high-stakes summit, the first-ever talks between a USA and North Korean leader and the culmination of a head-spinning diplomatic dance.

Kim, who was in the city state for the first DPRK-U.S. summit Tuesday, visited the Great Flower Garden, Marina Bay Sands Sky Park and Singapore Port, said the KCNA.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year. His sessions with Kim amounted to the most robust contact ever between the United States and the North Korean leader, providing critical information about a man about whom little is known.

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.

"They may be able to pull rabbits out of a hat that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do", he said. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get US troops off the Korean Peninsula and eventually pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

"I think within the first minute - my touch, my feel, that's what I do", the president said, touting his deal-making experience as a businessman.

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