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Who has Kim Jong Un's 'nuclear button' in Pyongyang while he's away?

Who has Kim Jong Un's 'nuclear button' in Pyongyang while he's away?

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. They believe Kim's latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.

Haas offers a useful warning, though, as people around the world settle in to watch the show in Singapore: "Virtually no North Korea analyst inside or outside of the USA government" expects Kim to actually give up his nukes.

Pompeo said Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful", while warning that there was still "lots of work left to do".

But Trump said: "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding: "Sounds a little bit unusual, but that's probably the easy part".

Why only potentially? That's because these two world leaders are not, strictly speaking, known to be very diplomatic - that is to say that they are in no manner of speaking, known to be very diplomatic at all.

The meeting lasted more than two hours and took place at the Ritz Carlton.

"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people", Trump said at a press conference in Canada before departing the G-7 summit for Singapore.

Before flying home, Trump planned to speak to reporters in Singapore after concluding the summit, the White House said.

Kim arrived in Singapore aboard an Air China 747 that, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24, took off from Pyongyang Sunday morning ostensibly bound for Beijing, then changed its flight number midair and headed south. In subsequent years, the US and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North.

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead
Stroll picked up his first career points with a ninth-place finish as a rookie at last year's Canadian GP. "I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons".

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win.

But there are doubts denuclearisation of North Korea is achievable in the short term.

Before leaving for the ill-fated G7 Summit, Trump had underlined his resolve vis-à-vis a productive meeting with Kim by stating that the summit would be "much more than a photo-op".

The official did not rule out the possibility that additional activities could be added to tomorrow's schedule, beyond the two planned meetings with Kim, ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports.

Travelling with him were top officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Defence Minister No Kwang Chol and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim who has been instrumental in the diplomacy that culminated in Tuesday's summit.

Kim has given signs that he wants to resist Beijing's influence - and the USA can help him there.

The North Korean leader is still in his mid-thirties and remains among the world's youngest heads of government, but has already been in power for more than six years.

In the month starting February 28 Trump sacked or lost the services of his White House communications director Hope Hicks, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, national security adviser HR McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin.


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