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Kim Trump summit: Leaders meet in Singapore

A man sets up an electronic security gate at a vehicle checkpoint in front of the St. Regis Hotel

"That is an extraordinary offer of flexibility, considering (North Korea) poses a direct security threat to the United States", according to Saeed. Three recent presidents were parties to agreements in which North Korea pledged to halt its nuclear activity. Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them". Per Axios, Trump "had promised him the interview".

As the to met, Kim could be heard saying "Nice to meet you Mr. President".

Now he's in Singapore, ready to negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump. "And it's all within the budget that the prime minister has specified, anyway".

All that freighted with significance the moment of their first greeting. Trump had earlier tweeted about "excitement in the air!"

While headed to the Kim summit, Trump broke the news that Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, has suffered a heart attack.

Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former U.S. President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

"He called, his secretary and she called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you, and he thanks you a lot, '" Rodman said, apparently referring to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting. They were later joined by top aides for a bilateral meeting. In a made-for-TV moment, Trump got the kind of public-relations extravaganza he wanted, but without any real hint of the substance of the conversations. But he also patted the U.S. president's arm, in an attempt to show control over the encounter. A North Korean flag is flying from his limousine.

Whatever the results, it will be one of the more unusual summits in recent history as a flamboyant, often erratic United States president gets a close-up look at a hereditary socialist despot who sits on a nuclear weapons programme. "Denuclearization is much, much more hard than establishing diplomatic relations", she added.

He told reporters at Changi airport that he had come to Singapore "to see what's going on" and he hoped "that things turn out to be well for everyone in the world".

North Korean observers have noted that the country's dictatorial ruling family has always wanted to meet with a USA president for the symbolism and recognition inherent in such a summit.

"I know Singapore is a very hot country, so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

In a statement obtained by CNN, Rodman says he considers Trump to be a friend and expressed his confidence in his ability to get the job done in their summit. But failure is not in the interests of either leader.

North Korea has said it is willing to commit to denuclearisation, but that term is open to interpretation. North Korea is one of the world's few countries without a McDonald's. Trump wants a big foreign-policy success that he could use to help in his campaign for reelection in 2020.

The first handshakes and smiles set a tone for the rest of the day's meetings.