Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

Posted June 13, 2018

The summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to be going smoothly, but Fox News host Chris Wallace says that "optimism and caution are both warranted in this case".

The historic handshake of the two leaders before a row of U.S. and North Korean flags took place at 9:04. Trump briefly called off the summit a few weeks ago before agreeing again to the meeting.

While he wasn't an official part of the US delegation or involved the meeting, Rodman, who has formed an unlikely relationship with the murderous North Korean dictator, was in Singapore to show his support for the meeting.

Critics of the summit leapt at the handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the USA president.

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In his public statements, Mr. Trump has shown gradually greater flexibility toward North Korea, saying he viewed its disarmament as a "process", rather than something to be done all at once, and disavowing the phrase "maximum pressure", after making it the centerpiece of his policy.

After the meetings, the two teams and other senior officials met for a working lunch, where beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and "Daegu Jormin", or Korean braised cod, were served for the main course, according to the menu.

The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the United States as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington. "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the preparatory talks were moving quite rapidly and "and we anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated".

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"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers". Local media earlier reported that Trump and Kim will meet at Capella Hotel at 9 am today.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

He told reporters at Changi airport that he had come to Singapore "to see what's going on" and he hoped "that things turn out to be well for everyone in the world". That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders. Kim had his own harsh words, calling the president a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Loong said that the summit cost approximately $20 million, which is a price the Singapore was "willing to pay".

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