Historic meeting in Singapore

Journalists and onlookers watch the motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arriving at the St. Regis hotel

Journalists and onlookers watch the motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arriving at the St. Regis hotel

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. The US president was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a photo of Trump posing with the birthday cake.

According to Howard, officials at the airport detained him for "two hours" before warning him to avoid locations linked to the Trump Kim Summit. US President Donald Trump is set to arrive in the city-state later on Sunday.

Earlier, North Korean media confirmed that Washington and Pyongyang will discuss denuclearisation.

On Tuesday, June 12, the first-ever meeting of sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea will take place in Singapore.

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But critics have warned that the meeting risks being largely light on substance considering what is believed to be a wide gap between the USA and the North on the denuclearization issue.

"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect. Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea. The conflict ended in an armistice that sealed the division of the peninsula. He has only publicly left his country three times since taking power after his father's death in late 2011 - traveling twice to China and once across his shared border with the South to the southern part of the Demilitarized Zone in recent summits with the leaders of China and South Korea, respectively. As a part of that process, he also announced a suspension of nuclear and missile tests and the dismantlement of a key atomic testing facility that was carried out last month.

It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

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