Trump and Kim meet where fantasy castle built on the hill

Trump and Kim meet where fantasy castle built on the hill

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

With gaps remaining over what denuclearisation would entail, officials from both sides were trying to push the agenda forward ahead of Tuesday's summit.

Trump arrived in Singapore calling the summit a "one-time shot" for Kim, who is being urged to abandon his weapons program and normalize relations with the rest of the world in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S. North Korea has long anxious about an American invasion and justifies its nuclear buildup as a way to defend itself.

"The worst case scenario would be if President Trump came into the summit and presented an ultimatum demanding complete and verifiable denuclearization", said James Trottier, a former Canadian diplomat who led several missions to Pyongyang.

A year ago the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

The historic meeting between the two leaders will take place at the island resort of Sentosa on Tuesday.

The summit has been portrayed as a "get to know you" meeting.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

Asked by a reporter how he felt about the summit, Trump said: "Very good".

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Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!"

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared a photo that showed him Balakrishnan welcoming Kim Jong-Un to Singapore.

But, prior to leaving Canada, the mercurial president again changed his tune, calling it a "one-time shot" and adding that he would know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether an agreement will be possible.

Donald Trump is promising big things can happen to the North Korean economy in return for moving away from its nuclear programme.

They didn't conduct - remember, we were anxious about North Korea conducting atmospheric nuclear tests and going further.

But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his unchecked power.

Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

Trump and Kim Jong-Un have both suggested they could also pursue a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War, which ceased because of an armistice signed in 1953. Also on Air Force One, which is to arrive Sunday evening in Singapore, was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, other officials of the National Security Council and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. He has not left his country since taking office in 2011 other than to visit China and the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone on the border.

Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who assisted with the lowering of tensions between North Korea and the worldwide community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is among the North Korean delegation. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.

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