Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

President Donald Trump is predicting that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have "a terrific relationship" as they meet face to face for the first time.

Hyon is head of North Korea's hugely popular Moranbong girl band, whose members were hand-picked by Kim Jong Un.

Kim was accompanied at the meeting by vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Yong Chol, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the WPK Ri Su Yong, and Colonel General No Kwang Chol - one of the three promoted in a recent North Korean military shakeup.

The key objective for the U.S. will be to successfully negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The US president and the leader of DPRK are quite different people.

"I feel really", Trump told reporters.

This combination of file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in North Korea, in the photo provided on May 18, 2018.

There's excitement surrounding the summit but also skepticism that the North will relinquish a nuclear weapons program it spent decades building despite crushing sanctions.

Under Kim Jong Un, the third-generation dictator of the country established in 1948, North Korea has rapidly advanced its nuclear capabilities.

Singapore, the host country of the upcoming U.S.

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

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, the president sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary. Four of the nation's six nuclear tests have taken place since Kim took power in 2011.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour- joined only by translators. "In light of how many flimsy agreements the United States has made in previous years, this President will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the North Korean threat".

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