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Unpacking Trump-Kim summit

Unpacking Trump-Kim summit

Trump will also speak with reporters in Singapore before departing for home.

Kim left Capella Hotel just moments after the declaration was signed and ducked questions from reporters about whether he had spoken about giving up any of the North's nuclear weapons.

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Mr. Trump was expected to fly back to the USA after his press conference. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mentioned that the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

Trump said the process of denuclearisation would happen " very, very quickly", adding that he had formed a "special bond" with Kim and the relationship with North Korea would be very different.

He flew into Singapore late Monday to be present for the historic first summit between the two leaders.

The pair made brief remarks as they sat together before the world's media as the historic summit got under way, with the U.S. leader insisting "we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt". It came after the two leaders had spent months trading insults and threatening to wage war against each other, but this tough attitude appears to have paved the way for both sides to the negotiating table.

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrive for a working lunch in Singapore.

The event-specific symbol features what appears to be a high-five between a hand representing the USA president and one representing the North Korean dictator known for executing his political enemies and exiling large swaths of his nation to prison camps, where they face starvation and torture.

It is believed that Trump and Kim will begin with a two-hour one-on-one session with translators, before an expanded meeting that includes advisers.

State television aired the same photographs of Kim's departure as well as his arrival in Singapore and the North Korean leader's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace. In a rambling interview, he claimed credit for the summit taking place and described how he had received death threats when he first met Kim.

North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization, but experts have expressed concern over the varying definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang.

"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.


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