Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un share historic handshake

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un share historic handshake

At the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa island, a popular resort destination, Trump and Kim will first meet at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday (11 a.m. AEST) for a handshake and photo op.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week.

The White House also announced Trump would be leaving Singapore earlier than previously expected and holding a media availability ahead of his departure.

But a series of diplomatic overtures involving North Korea, South Korea and the United States reduced tensions and led Trump in March to quickly accept Kim's invitation to meet. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.

Concrete barricades have been erected outside St Regis Singapore hotel which is within the zoned security area.

Last week, Rodman said he would "give whatever support is needed" to his "friends" Trump and Kim.

President Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un at the start of a first-of-its-kind meeting of a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Trump said on May 24 he was scrapping it after threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials demanding unilateral disarmament.

Trump predicted that he and Kim will have a "terrific relationship", while Kim spoke of a new start.

"I feel really", Trump told reporters.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child, Prince Louis , was noticeably absent from Saturday's event and Sunday's outing. William was always scheduled to play in the match, but it was not known whether Kate and the children would join.

Trump arrived at the hotel after issuing a flurry of tweets dismissing skeptics of the meeting between USA leaders and the rogue nuclear nation as "haters & losers".

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.

Trump was hosted for a working lunch Monday by Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana, which is the official residence of the city state's president.

In some instances, past deals struck by previous US administrations with North Korea paused - but failed to roll back - North Korea's program, which has only grown over the years.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The meeting between Kim and Trump will mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

The US wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified by the worldwide community.

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

He accompanied the young leader at all four of his recent summits, twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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