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Why Was Singapore Chosen To Host The Summit?

Trump and Kim arrive for historic US-North Korea summit Both leaders have touched down in Singapore. SBS
Kenny Thornton | 12 June, 2018, 11:43

The president also said he would "absolutely" invite Kim to the White House soon. "If we say we need to fundamentally change the relationship, then you have a framework where there can be real progress".

Critics of the summit leapt at the handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president.

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday, Trump's Twitter timeline shows an interesting history between the two leaders - one that's marred by insults and threats, with the odd compliment in between.

He went on to say that the current detente between the nations, "probably would not have happened" if it weren't for the case of USA student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being flown back to the United States after being held in North Korean detention.

Trump said over the weekend that he would know if Kim is serious about brokering peace within "a minute" of meeting him.

Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and USA flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up.

When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the worldwide media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit".

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.

"It was not an easy journey", Kim said, speaking through a translator.

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Lee.

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With a handshake, the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea broke through decades of antagonism, signaling a willingness to stake their reputations on forging a new relationship between the two nations.

After the the one-on-one meeting, Trump did appear to be in a good mood, telling reporters that the private discussion between the two leaders was "very, very good".

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said yesterday evening.

Pompeo spoke as top officials from the two countries continued negotiations in Singapore ahead of the meeting between Trump and Kim.

CNN has not seen the document, but Trump said it would be shared later that day.

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between United States and North Korean officials. His public statements and state-run media indicate he wants a deal to ease sanctions, but that he won't give up his nuclear weapons until he feels safe enough to retain power without them.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", Pompeo said.

Bringing U.S. troops home from North Korea was "not a part of the equation right now", Mr. Trump said when asked for specifics about what he had agreed to.

Pompeo laid out some of the US cards on Monday, saying the administration was sticking to its demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

Yet the top USA diplomat added Trump is ready to offer "unique" guarantees to ease the regime's concerns about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride.

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