Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities. It has the bomb.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went on a surprise tour of downtown Singapore on Monday night, just hours before he was due to take part in a landmark meeting with US President Donald Trump.

A man watches a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 25, 2018.

A global Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) was opened for signature on September 24, 1996.

Kim, 72, has been Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser since the North Korean leader began a peace offensive with the US and South Korea in January.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

It's the first ever meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.

After their initial greeting, Trump and Kim walked inside, sat down and spoke briefly to reporters.

Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

Trump, who had insisted he would know "within the first minute" if Kim was serious about denuclearization, said he "felt really great" about his brief encounter with the North Korean dictator.

In March, Trump accepted on the spot an invitation by Kim to meet in person, without preconditions, setting the stage for Tuesday's historic event. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to manage expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.

As many foreign policy experts, religious leaders, and human rights advocates have pointed out, denuclearizing the Korean peninsula is a critical security goal.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

What was initially portrayed by the White House as a summit meant to completely rid the North of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue" and for Trump the dealmaker to look into the eyes and take the measure of his nuclear-armed antagonist.

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But the diplomatic fireworks ended up even more spectacular than anticipated. "Instead of fighting among ourselves". For context, Trump slapped hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum products on his G7 allies before the summit.

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