Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity

Trump talks to Kim, then Hannity

No sitting U.S. president has ever met a North Korean leader.

Both leaders were only accompanied by a pair of translators during the intimate huddle, which lasted for about 40 minutes at the very start of the summit.

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually leads to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

"Border guards and the State Security Department have been on joint emergency alert at the border area since [June 8],"said a source from North Pyongyang who declined to be named, adding that the alert will operate for 10 days".

The two leaders are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other.

But he added: "In the end, that doesn't matter".

HU: Now what different and unique really means, we don't know.

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into a working luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

Joint armed forces of from the Chinese police and the People's Liberation Army have enforced tight security in the border area of Dandong in northeastern China's Liaoning province, that lies across from North Pyongan province, the source told RFA's Korean Service.

"The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high", wrote United States campaigning group Human Rights Watch. "I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries". At the same time, he'd admitted he doesn't believe he requires extensive preparation to take stock of Kim.

What are the talks about?

But North Korea wasn't always a secret, impoverished nation.

"They have to de-nuke".

"She called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you". Trump has openly floated the possibility of striking a peace deal formally ending the Korean War 65 years after an armistice ceased military hostilities. The 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce, not a final peace treaty.

How did we get here?

The moniker "mafia state" is often applied to the country too, accurately capturing North Korea's status as the only known state sponsor of counterfeit USA dollar bill and methamphetamine production.

For the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula, the leaders of the two countries held a summit in June 2000. But Kim Jong Un chose to take a little sightseeing tour of the major spots where a lot of tourists go in Singapore with only 10, 11 hours to spare before the summit happening.

Throughout the day, Trump and Kim's body language was openly friendly, a striking warmth given Kim's iron grip on power and dismal record on human rights.

Experts are sceptical. At best, the meeting will likely provide a road map for future talks, each round of which will require hard and complex negotiations.

While Trump and Kim shake hands, searching each other's eyes and words for signs of trust or deceit, the rest of the world will be watching, hoping that somehow these two unpredictable leaders can find a way to defuse one of the planet's most unsafe flashpoints.

Talks of this kind typically take months to prepare.

Kim likely will be eager to strike an agreement that eases sanctions and brings an end to the Korean War, while allowing him to keep at least part of his nuclear arsenal. But many say Kim's government is unlikely to give up weapons that help guarantee its survival.

US President Donald Trump, fourth left, and his delegation share a working lunch Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team during the US leader's visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore on June 11, 2018. What do the North Koreans want out of this?

Still, the USA is not expecting a final deal in Singapore.

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