Trump landed in the evening after a long flight from Canada and the Group of Seven meeting there, telling Singaporean officials who welcomed him that he was feeling "very good" about the summit. Dr. Lonnie Edge, assistant professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies' Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, says that on his second visit, Rodman's trip was arranged through a tour company set up by a Canadian speaker of North Korean. "There is a very wide gap between the US and North Korean negotiating positions, and finding common ground will require a sustained diplomatic process with high-level buy-in from Pyongyang and Washington", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2018.
Trump thanked the prime minister for Singapore's efforts to host the summit, the first-ever between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, at a hotel on the city-state's resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday. Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.
"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
"Substantive and detailed meetings in #Singapore today as Ambassador Kim meets with #DPRK", Pompeo wrote in a Twitter post in which he included a photograph of the meeting between US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, North Korean Foreign Ministry senior official Choi Sun Hee and other delegates from both countries. Progress could lead to a peace treaty and formally end a state of war on the Korean peninsula, which has persisted for almost 70 years.
Kim was the first to arrive in Singapore, landing at Changi airport on a commercial Air China plane, after intense speculation with the public tracking three separate aircraft leaving Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
Late on Monday. Trump phoned Moon from Singapore.
Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.
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Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an worldwide endeavour. "And, for me, the best-case scenario would be, at this point, for President Trump to step back from the process and hand it over to the professional diplomats and negotiators to work out these details".
Kim Jong Un will undoubtedly get a sense of all that as he arrives.
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There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.
"The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
North Korean state-run news reported Monday that Mr. Kim was seeking denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in response to a "changed era".
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