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Monday, 11 June 2018





President Trump meets Kim Jong Un

By Ben Westcott, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries, Meg Wagner and Amanda Wills, CNN
updated less than 1 min ago2:32 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

21 min ago

Trump and Kim just said goodbye. Here's what happens next.

A document was signed, compliments were made and photos were taken after a historic day of talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
But there are still big questions over what the two leaders actually agreed to over almost five hours of talks and negotiations.
Trump will get a chance to clarify some of them.
The President is due to speak to the media in two hours time, at 2:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET). The US leader told reporters he would elaborate on the agreement then.
Air Force One is scheduled to fly out of Singapore in the evening, at about 7 p.m. local time.

25 min ago

Kim Jong Un just left the summit

Kim Jong Un's motorcade is departing Sentosa Island in Singapore after a historic summit with President Trump.
The two leaders just signed a joint agreement, although the exact details are still unknown.
Trump and Kim spent the day in talks and meetings with top advisers.

32 min ago

Trump: "Absolutely I will" invite Kim Jong Un to the White House

Speaking moments after the two leaders signed the unspecified document, President Trump said that he had developed a "very special bond" with Kim Jong Un. "It’s been an honor to be with you."
When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump responded that he would: "Absolutely, I will."
Standing again in front of the US and North Korean flags, where they began the historic day, Trump and Kim shook hands one final time.
"(He's) a worthy negotiator," Trump said to the gathered reporters. "He's negotiating on behalf of his people."
Trump was asked what he had learned about the North Korean leader. "I learned he's a very talented man. I also learned he loves his country very much."
Trump said they would meet again.
43 min ago

Trump says denuclearization process is starting "very, very quickly"

President Trump says denuclearization process for North Korea is starting " very, very quickly."
Asked if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to denuclearize, Trump said, "We're starting that process very quickly, very, very quickly. Absolutely."

41 min ago

Trump and Kim sign "very important document"

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are signing a joint agreement, although the exact details are still unknown.
"We're signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document," Trump told the waiting reporters. He said he would discuss it "at great length" at an upcoming news conference, and indicated it would be made available publicly.
Kim said he wanted to express his gratitude to President Trump for making the meeting happen.
"We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document," Kim said through a translator.
"The world will see a major change," he continued through a translator.
A US official told CNN earlier the document would acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going.
It follows a day of historic talks at Singapore's Capella Hotel, on Sentosa Island -- the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.
No signing had been planned at the beginning of the day, although a large amount of time had been left free after a working lunch schedule for 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET).
Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds.

58 min ago

South Korea's president smiles as he watches Trump and Kim shake hands

President Moon watching the North Korean and US Summit in Singapore from his cabinet meeting in Seoul, on June 12.

South Korea President Moon Jae-in watched the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un from his cabinet room in Seoul.
When the two leaders shook hands for the first time, Moon smiled, according to pictures released by the South Korean president's office.
Moon had his own meeting with Kim Jong Un in April, which was widely viewed as a success.

1 hr 6 min ago

Here's who was at that bilateral meeting between Trump and Kim

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down with their top advisers during a expanded bilateral meeting at the summit in Singapore.
Here's who went to the meeting:

1 hr 17 min ago

Trump gave Kim a peek inside his presidential limousine

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Trump gave Kim Jong Un a quick peek inside the presidential limousine during their talks in Singapore on Tuesday.
Television footage showed US Secret Service agents opening the door of the heavily armored "Beast" as Trump showed Kim the interior.

1 hr 29 min ago

US and North Korea will sign pledge to keep the momentum going, official says

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

President Trump and Kim Jong Un will sign an agreement to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, a US official told CNN.
The official said he would not get ahead of the President on hard specifics of any agreement.
Trump surprised reporters by announcing there would be "a signing" in the afternoon, during a stroll around the Capella Hotel with Kim.
No official events had been planned until Trump's meeting with the press at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).
1 hr 39 min ago

Trump announces there will be a "signing" after working lunch with Kim Jong Un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks on June 12.

President Trump just told reporters that he and Kim Jong Un were off to "a signing" after their working lunch.
Trump made the remark during a brief stroll around the Capella Hotel with Kim. The President also said the talks had gone "better than anybody could have expected."
There is no information on what they could be signing or whether any agreements have been reached.
No more official events were planned until Trump meets the press at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), according to the White House's schedule this morning.

1 hr 32 min ago

North Korean state media goes big on Singapore

A conductor changes the newspaper to the latest edition showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, at a news stand on a subway platform of the Pyongyang metro on June 12.

North Korea's top newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, splashed photos of Kim Jong Un's unprecedented visit to Singapore on Wednesday, including his walking tour of the glamorous city. CNN correspondent Will Ripley, who has traveled to North Korea nearly 20 times, called the images "extraordinary."
"It's extraordinary to me because normally North Korea waits 24 hours or longer after these events, the message is vetted and edited and North Koreans find out about it after the rest of the world," CNN correspondent Will Ripley said.

2 hr 4 min ago

This is what the summit looks like so far

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting right now in Singapore for their historic summit. Here's how it's gone, in photos.
Earlier, Trump and Kim shook hands.

They had a one-on-one meeting.

Trump and Kim went on a short walk.

They sat down with their top advisers.

Meanwhile, people in Tokyo were glued to their TV screens.

2 hr 8 min ago

Historic summit is a "prelude to peace," Kim Jong Un says

US President Donald Trump waves as he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look on from a veranda during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

At the extended bilateral meeting earlier Tuesday, North Korea's Kim Jong Un said he believed sitting down with President Trump is "a great prelude to peace." 
Trump agreed, saying, "I do too."
Kim continued: "As I said earlier, until now, others have been unable to attempt."
"Of course there will be difficulties along the way, but as of today, a day that a good start has been made, I am determined to start a grand undertaking together."

2 hr 15 min ago

Trump jokingly asks photographers to take pictures that show them "handsome and thin"

Note: The US press pool wasn't invited into this spray, so the following video was provided by Singapore's government photographers.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un are sitting down with top officials from both countries for a working lunch, a bit later than originally planned.
The extended bilateral negotiations were scheduled to end at about 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET), according to the White House.
But instead the two were pictured taking their seats at a long table, with their primary advisers, about 20 minutes late.
Trump invited Kim to sit down, before jokingly asking photographers to take photos which would make them look “nice and handsome and thin.”
There are no official events scheduled for the rest of the day until Trump meets with reporters at 4 p.m. in the afternoon (4 a.m ET).
Watch the moment:

2 hr 40 min ago

North Korea was "very conscious" about presenting US & North Korea as equals

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond
During negotiations for the Singapore summit, the North Koreans were "very conscious" to ensure the United States was presented as their equal throughout.
"They wanted to make sure both in ceremony and in security and every other way that we're presenting to the world an image that presents them as equals," the official said. "The North Koreans were very conscious of that."
The US largely agreed to North Korea's demands for parity in all aspects of the summit, from the number of officials during the bilateral meetings to the number of US and North Korean flags side by side during the arrival ceremony.
The images of the six US and six North Korean flags in the background of the Trump-Kim handshake will undoubtedly be used by North Korean propaganda to suggest the US and North Korea are on level footing.
The official said the requests for parity were made even in situations where it might not be logistically necessary.
Still, the official said the official summit logo had been designed by the US side. The North Koreans approved of it.

2 hr 58 min ago

What Trump and Kim will eat at their first lunch together

From CNN's Kevin Liptak
When President Trump and Kim Jong Un sit down for their working lunch, at about 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET), there'll be an assortment of Western and Korean dishes on offer.
  • For their starters, they can choose between a prawn cocktail with avocado salad, green mango kerabu or "oiseon," a Korean stuffed cucumber.
  • Next, there will be beef short rib confit, sweet and sour crispy pork with Yangzhou Fried Rice or "daegu jorim," a Korean soy braised cod fish.
  • Finally to finish, there will be dark chocolate tartlet ganache, vanilla ice cream or "tropezienne," a pastry dessert.
Joining Kim and Trump at lunch will be all the delegates from the morning's extended bilateral, as well as a few extra advisers.
Among them will be Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, and Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister and the first deputy director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
3 hr 14 min ago

President Trump and Kim Jong Un met for the first time ever. Here's how it's gone so far.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un became the first sitting leaders of their respective countries to meet in person on Tuesday.
The world watched as the two leaders shook hands and exchanged words during the historic meeting, which happened just after 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET).
Here's what happened:
Trump and Kim met with a handshake:
  • Both leaders had guarded smiles
  • The leaders touched each other’s arms and appeared relaxed.
Trump and Kim gave brief side-by-side comments:
  • What Trump said: "I think it will be tremendously successful, and it's my honor and we will have a terrific relationship. I have no doubt."
  • What Kim said: "It has not been easy to come to this point. For us the past has been holding us back, and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today
They sat down for an expanded bilateral meeting:
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton, and an interpreter joined Trump.
  • Trump told Kim that he was looking forward to working with him. “We will be successful.”

3 hr 31 min ago

Many people will think this is "from a science fiction movie," Kim tells Trump

From CNN's Jim Acosta

In this handout photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

Walking on the colonnade of the Capella Hotel, Kim Jong Un told President Trump many people around the world wouldn't believe what was taking place in Singapore.
"Many people in the world will think of this as a (inaudible) form of fantasy ... from a science fiction movie," Kim told Trump, through a translator.
Kim is currently meeting with President Trump and his top advisers. At the start of the talks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged it wouldn't be a smooth road ahead.
"Of course there are challenges ahead, but I am ("ready" or "willing", unclear) to do this," Kim told the top US leadership.
The two men are due to hold talks until 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET) when they will hold a working lunch.

3 hr 51 min ago

Analysis: The moment the US treated North Korea "as an equal"

No matter what comes next in the talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, their handshake will remain historic, Jean H. Lee, a North Korea expert at the US-based Wilson Center, told CNN.
"I’m really thinking about how this is going to play in Pyongyang because this is such a powerful moment for the North Korean people," she said.
"It will be celebrated in North Korea as the moment the United States acknowledged and treated North Korea as an equal.”
Lee said for the US president to fly half way around the world to meet the leader of a "very poor and very small country" lent him a huge amount of legitimacy.
"This is what (Kim) had in mind when he ramped up and accelerated the testing of his devices – to force the President to come to the negotiating table,” Lee said. “It’s stunning to watch and chilling for me to see because we are giving him exactly what he wanted.”

4 hr 6 min ago

South Korean president says last night was a sleepless one

From CNN’s Yoonjung Seo in Singapore

Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walk with their wives following their historic summit in the demilitarized zone on April 27

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said it was "a sleepless night" for him ahead of meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, Moon said he hoped the summit would be a success so a "new chapter" could open.
"The NK-US summit has just begun and I believed all Koreans have their eyes fixed on Singapore," he said.
Moon is seen by many as the architect of the breakthrough in diplomacy with North Korea. Elected in 2016, he has long been an advocate of peaceful relations with Pyongyang.

4 hr 19 min ago

Here's who's with Kim Jong Un in his Trump meeting

Some of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's top advisers have joined him at the table with President Trump and the US leadership.
Sitting in on the Trump summit is Vice-Chairman of the Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol, one of Pyongyang's top go-to diplomats.
It was Kim Yong Chol who met with President Trump in early June to deliver a personal letter from Kim Jong Un, when it looked like the summit would fall through.
Also joining the Pyongyang delegation is Ri Yong Ho, North Korea's Foreign Minister, and Ri Su Yong, the Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea.
Nowhere to be seen is the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who previously joined her brother for talks with the South Korean leadership in April.

4 hr 21 min ago

Kim Jong Un did not answer when asked whether he would give up his nukes

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not answer when asked whether he would give up his nuclear weapons.
However, President Trump predicted he would work with Kim to resolve differences over North Korea's nuclear program.
"Working together we’ll get it taken care of," Trump said at the start of an expanded meeting. He said the two leaders "will solve a big problem, a big dilemma."
Kim and President Trump have begun their second rounds of talks, which will end with a working lunch.

4 hr 19 min ago

Trump and Kim begin second round of talks, and again shake hands

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Trump and Kim Jong Un have begun their second series of talks after their personal one-on-one meeting concluded this morning.
Trump, sitting alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, White House chief of staff John Kelly and an interpreter told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he believes "we will be successful."
"We will be successful," Trump told Kim, sitting directly across from him. "And I look forward to working on it with you. It will be done."
Kim also offered brief remarks through an interpreter.
The extended talks are due to end at 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET) with a working lunch.

4 hr 27 min ago

Trump and Kim head out of face-to-face meeting and take a short walk

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have stepped out of their one-on-one talks to take a walk around the Capella Hotel, where the summit is being held.
After leaving the first session of their summit, Trump told waiting reporters the meeting had been "very, very good."
"Excellent relationship," he said from the balcony of the Capella Hotel.
They were in their personal meeting for about 35 minutes, and are due to start further meetings with advisers at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).
Kim has taken a lot of private walks with world leaders since he stepped onto the world stage earlier this year.
In April, Kim went with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a long stroll around the demilitarized zone, which divides the two countries.

2 hr 46 min ago

An emotional Dennis Rodman tells CNN: "Today is a great day"

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman told CNN that Tuesday's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump was years in the making.
In an emotional interview, Rodman said he always believed in helping North Korea. He said he was even threatened for defending North Korea.
"It's a great day. I am here to see it. I'm so happy," he said. Rodman said he tried talking to former President Obama. "And Obama did not give me the time of day," he said.
Watch the interview:

4 hr 58 min ago

Trump got touchy with Kim Jong Un, patting him on the back and touching his elbow

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Kim held their first handshake for a dozen seconds as they exchanged a few inaudible words before a display of American and North Korean flags. It was just the beginning of a warm exchange of body language between the two men.
Trump briefly grabbed Kim's upper arm at the beginning of their handshake and then put his arm on Kim's back to guide them to their meeting room.
They then spoke briefly in a corridor before entering their meeting room and both men were smiling as they shook hands again with just two interpreters at their sides. 
Trump patted Kim on the back at several points as they made their way along a colonnade to a room for their first meeting.
Trump also offered Kim a thumbs' up after Kim said "we overcame all" of the obstacles that stood in their way.

4 hr 58 min ago

The interpreter with Trump works in the State Department

From CNN's Betsy Klein

US President Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during their first meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

The interpreter with President Trump is Dr. Yun-hyang Lee, according to a source source familiar.
She’s the division chief of interpreting services at the State Department. 

5 hr 2 min ago

Trump and Kim have met. Here's what happens next.

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are now meeting one-on-one, the first time a sitting US president has sat down for talks with a North Korean leader.
They are expected to speak alone for another 40 minutes, before other advisers join them for expanded talks at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).
The two men will then hold a working lunch, beginning at 11.30 a.m. local time, before the summit ends in the afternoon.
No time has been announced for when the talks might conclude.
President Trump is expected to speak to reporters at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), when we're likely to hear what has been accomplished during the day.
Air Force One will then depart Singapore in the early evening, at about 7 p.m. local time.

5 hr 16 min ago

Trump, sitting next to Kim Jong Un, predicts summit will be "tremendously successful"

Speaking to reporters after their first handshake, President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un expressed optimism that the summit would be a success.
What Trump said: The President expressed hope that the historic summit would be "tremendously successful." Sitting next to the North Korean leader, Trump said, "We will have a terrific relationship ahead."
What Kim said: The North Korean dictator said there were a number of "obstacles" to the meeting taking place in Singapore today. "We overcame all of them and we are here today," he told reporters through a translator.

5 hr 19 min ago

Trump and Kim to begin one-on-one talks

President Trump and Kim Jong Un have headed in for their first face-to-face talks on Tuesday, joined only by two translators.
They'll meet one-on-one for just under an hour, before expanded talks begin at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).
On the agenda are North Korea's nuclear capabilities. Trump is hoping he can convince Kim to give up his weapons.
It is the meeting which the Trump has teased could happen for years. In May 2016, during his campaign, Trump said he would be willing to sit down with Kim.
"I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Trump said at the time.

5 hr 21 min ago

History made: President Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met and shook hands, kicking off their history-making summit Tuesday morning local time.
They are the first leaders of their respective countries to meet, the culmination of months of diplomatic wrangling and negotiations.
It is a stunning development for the two nations, who regularly traded threats and insults throughout 2017.
The two men will now meet one-on-one meeting in the Capella Hotel, accompanied only by their translators, ahead of expanded talks at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).
On the agenda is North Korea's nuclear capabilities, which Trump is hoping to convince them to abandon in exchange for economic assistance.
Watch the historic moment:
5 hr 30 min ago

First look: Trump arrives at summit site

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Trump has emerged from his limousine at the site of his summit with Kim Jong Un. Cameras captured Trump, in a red tie, stepping from his car and into the hotel building. 

5 hr 35 min ago

First look: North Korea's Kim Jong Un enters the hotel

North Korea's Kim Jong Un is entering the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.
Watch the moment:

3 hr 58 min ago

Moments before summit, Trump tweets economic adviser Larry Kudlow has had a heart attack

Moments after he arrived at the summit site for his historic meeting, President Trump sent a tweet announcing that chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has suffered a heart attack.
"Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center," Trump tweeted.
10:31 p.m. ET: The White House later said Kudlow is in good condition after suffering a “very mild heart attack.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "his doctors expect he will make a full and speedy recovery."
Kudlow was not traveling with the President in Singapore, but he had just returned to the US from the G7 summit in Canada, where trade tensions dominated the atmosphere.
Here's Trump's tweet:
This post has been updated with new details about Kudlow's heart attack.

5 hr 37 min ago

Kim Jong Un arrives at summit site

North Korea's Kim Jong Un's motorcade has arrived at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, ahead of his historic summit with President Trump.
The two leaders are due to shake hands in half an hour, the first time a sitting US President has met his North Korean counterpart.
They are expected to meet one-on-one, only accompanied by translators, for almost an hour starting from 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET.)

6 hr 4 min ago

Will Trump smile? Aides have warned him against being too friendly to Kim Jong Un

Trump gestures toward journalists shouting questions as he departs the White House May 29

This is one of the questions that has gone into the planning of the summit today. A long discussion has transpired in recent days, with some aides warning POTUS that too friendly of a greeting could be used as propaganda against the US.
So it’s unclear whether he will smile as he often does when greeting world leaders. But a senior US official said the welcome will be “warm, polite, respectful” — but not filled with a big smile.
Of course it’s up to the president to make a game time decision for how he greets Kim for their photo op.

6 hr 1 min ago

Kim Jong Un is heading to the summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade has left the St. Regis hotel, and he's on his way to the summit on Sentosa Island.
He is due to meet President Trump in less than an hour, at 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET). After their initial greeting, they'll have a morning of one-on-one talks.
Trump's motorcade has already arrived at the summit site, after departing around 8 a.m. local time.

6 hr 11 min ago

Trump has arrived at the summit site

From CNN's Jim Acosta

President Trump has arrived at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, ahead of his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.
The two leaders will shake hands in just under an hour, the first time a sitting US President has met with a North Korean leader.
Trump's social media director tweeted this video showing the motorcade arriving at the island.

6 hr 9 min ago

Trump is on his way to the summit

President Trump's motorcade has left the Shangri-La Hotel, where the US leader is staying, and is en route to his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Trump will meet for one-on-one talks with Kim at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET).

6 hr 40 min ago

Trump spoke to Japan's prime minister and South Korea's president

President Trump had phone calls with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday ahead of the North Korea-US summit.
The White House released a statement about the two phone calls:

7 hr 4 min ago

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to the summit

From CNN's Ben Westcott

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has left the Shangri-La Hotel and is on his way to the summit. The State Department tweeted out a photo of him on his way.
Pompeo has met North Korea's Kim Jong Un before, during negotiations for the summit in Pyongyang.

7 hr 26 min ago

Two words you likely won't hear at the summit

President Trump vowed last week to refrain from using the term "maximum pressure" in his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Although the President said "maximum pressure is absolutely in effect," he insisted on Thursday that he doesn't use "the term anymore because we are going into a friendly negotiation."
But Trump is not opposed to using the term again if the talks go awry.
"Perhaps after that negotiation, I will be using it again. You'll know how well we do with the negotiation -- If you hear me saying we are going to use maximum pressure, you know the negotiation did not do well, frankly."

7 hr 44 min ago

North Koreans are (finally) learning details about the summit

From CNN's Ben Westcott

People watch a large screen at the main train station in Pyongyang, airing video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 11.

North Koreans in Pyongyang are getting their first glimpse of the Singapore summit.
Photos show North Koreans on Monday watching as news of the historic summit with President Trump was announced.
North Korean news anchor RI Chun Hee informed the nation that the meeting was a "historic first" that is "garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world."
This is likely the first time ordinary North Koreans have received details about the aims of the Trump-Kim summit. The meeting itself was previously announced in a state-run wire in May.
It highlights one of the big questions around the Trump/Kim summit — if relations warm with the United States, how will North Korea undo decades of furious anti-Washington propaganda?
CNN's Will Ripley said during his visits to North Korea in recent months, he has seen a change in the tone of the propaganda posters, from violent images of war to promises of peace.
People on June 11, 2018 look at a public screen set up near Pyongyang station showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

8 hr 3 min ago

Kim is impressed with "clean and beautiful" Singapore, state media says

From CNN's Ben Westcott

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was apparently very impressed with Singapore during his unexpected late-night tour, the country's state broadcaster KCNA said Tuesday.
Kim surprised locals by taking walking tour of the city late on Monday, where he was cheered by crowds and took a selfie with the country's foreign minister.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) walks on the Jubilee bridge during a tour in Singapore on June 11, 2018.

According to KCNA, Kim went to the top of Singapore's iconic Marina Bay Sands Building, where he was impressed with his view of the city.
"Singapore is clean and beautiful and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future," the KCNA article said.
Kim thanked Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan for his tour of the city, state media said.

8 hr 19 min ago

Trump tweets about the "haters and losers" who say summit "is a major loss"

President Trump is about three hours away from meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Now, he's tweeting about the "haters and losers" who say this summit "is a major loss to the U.S."
Here's the tweet:
Watch more:

8 hr 8 min ago

Here's what Trump said about North Korea in 1999

Nearly two decades before he was elected President, Trump was already talking about North Korea.
In a 1999 interview, Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that North Korea was "totally out of control."
"North Korea is totally out of control and would you rather have a very, very serious chat with them now, and if necessary you might have to do something fairly drastic, or would you rather have to go after them in five years when they have more nuclear warheads and missiles when we do?"
He added: "If spoken to correctly — correctly — they will play ball."
Watch the clip from 1999:
8 hr 55 min ago

Trump tweets: "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen"

It's about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Singapore, and President Trump is tweeting.
Trump is set to meet with Kim Jong Un at 9 a.m. local time, which is 9 p.m. Monday ET. Their summit destination is Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
After their initial greeting, Trump and Kim will head into a room for the summit. We don't know how long they will speak.

9 hr 19 min ago

What North Korea's previous leaders would think of this summit

From CNN's Ben Westcott

North Koreans wave flags in front of portraits of North Korean late president Kim Il-Sung (l.) and his son Kim Jung-Il.

It was an invitation from Kim Jong Un in March which sparked Tuesday’s Singapore summit with President Trump.
But the Kim family has been desperate to meet with a US President for decades, going back to Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather.
"To have a summit with a US President is something that many countries aspire to. So for North Korea, for a tiny country which is technically still at war with the US, for their leader to sit down with a president is huge deal," Jean H. Lee, a North Korea expert at the US-based Wilson Center, told CNN.
The meeting is a sign of legitimacy for North Korea, experts said, an indication that their leader is being taken seriously by the most powerful country in the world.
Former US President Bill Clinton came closest to meeting with Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, in 2000 but eventually decided against the idea, owing to a lack of trust.

9 hr 48 min ago

White House official: "I think that there is progress that they'll be announcing later"

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said discussions "have been moving rapidly" and said he believes there will be "progress to announce" soon.
Short's comments came after CNN asked him why the President moved up his departure time from Singapore.
"I think that there is progress that they'll be announcing later that's not for me to announce," he said.
Watch more:

10 hr 12 min ago

Trump says he'll bring up human rights during the summit

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

Trump last week said he plans to address human rights when he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"We'll bring it up," the President told reporters before departing for the G7 Summit.
What you need to know about human rights in North Korea: North Korea has perpetuated human rights abuses for decades, according to watchdog agencies, human rights groups and the US government. A 2014 report from a United Nations Human Rights Council commission found the authoritarian regime had committed "systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations" including "arbitrary detention, torture, executions and enforced disappearance to political prison camps, violations of the freedoms of thought, expression and religion, (and) discrimination on the basis of State-assigned social class, gender, and disability."
One case Trump could bring up: That of Otto Warmbier, the American who died after 17 months detention in North Korea.
Vice President Mike Pence said over the weekend that he had spoken with Warmbier's father recently and that Trump was going into the summit with "with the family of Otto Warmbier on his heart."

10 hr 33 min ago

Trump's departure time moved up because Kim is leaving shortly after the summit, official says

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

A US official says President Trump’s departure was moved up by more than 12 hours because Kim Jong Un set his departure for shortly after the summit.
The official confirms to CNN Bloomberg reporting about the schedule change. 
The official cautions, however, that schedule could always change if meeting goes well and there is more to discuss. But official says meeting is intended to be “start of a relationship” and there will more to come between both sides if things go well.
Here's what White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said about the schedule:

10 hr 56 min ago

What Singapore's Prime Minister says about Trump's possible strategy

From CNN’s Mick Krever

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that if Trump uses a "go it alone" strategy, American influence will be diminished.
“If on many issues the US is going it alone, that’s a different kind of world which the US will be facing. And you are very powerful, but I think your influence will be less than if you went in together with others.” 
Speaking in Singapore, Lee said that on some issues — like Iran — the US will maintain significant influence through things like sanctions, but that overall its ability to have an impact will be lessened.
Here's more from CNN's Christiane Amanpour:

11 hr 9 min ago

Where the US and North Korea stand on denuclearization

From CNN's Ben Westcott

It is possibly the most important word at Tuesday’s negotiations and also the one around which there is the least clarity: denuclearization.
What the United States wants: Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization — or CVID as it has become commonly known.
What North Korea wants: This is less clear. Although North Korea keeps mentioning the word, it has yet to say specifically what its version of denuclearization would involve.
South Korea and the United States have insisted all sides are on the same page about the removal of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. But some experts have pointed out Pyongyang often refers to complete denuclearization “of the Korean Peninsula” — which would include a withdrawal of United States troops as well.

12 hr 2 min ago

Many Americans support this summit. Few believe North Korea will denuclearize.

From CNN's Ryan Struyk

President Trump's summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is poised to be the most popular action of his presidency so far, even though a new survey shows most Americans believe the eventual goal of any negotiations — "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" — will never happen.
new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday lays out the short-term optimism from American voters on negotiations with North Korea:
  • A broad 72% of American voters say they approve of the President's meeting with the leader of the rogue regime. That includes half of Democrats.
  • But only 20% of Americans say they think North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons — the express purpose of any negotiations.
  • A wide 68% say Kim will never give them up.
  • Even Republicans are pessimistic on the question, with 30% saying they will give them up vs. 47% who say they won't.
Here's the full breakdown of the poll:

3 hr 4 min ago

7 reasons Singapore was chosen as the setting for this summit

The view of Resorts World Sentosa island in Singapore is pictured on June 6, 2018. The highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place at a resort island off Southern Singapore, the White House confirmed on June 5, 2018.

US officials negotiated with a North Korean delegation to determine the location and time for the summit. Security had been a chief concern for the North Koreans during the discussions, sources told CNN.
And it appears that Singapore checked all the boxes.
Here's why Singapore was chosen for the summit:
  1. Location, location, location: It's just close enough for Kim to fly relatively easily from Pyongyang.
  2. Ties to the US: Singapore is also one of Washington's closest Asian security and trading partners.
  3. The embassies: The US and North Korea both have embassies in Singapore.
  4. Trading partners: Both countries trade Singapore. But North Korean trade is currently suspended because of sanctions.
  5. Its reputation: Singapore also has a growing reputation for being a hub of regional diplomacy.
  6. Protesting? Think again: Singapore does not tolerate disorderly protests and rowdy press conferences.
  7. It's neutral ground: This is key for the US.

13 hr 25 min ago

Dennis Rodman: I hope the summit is a success

From CNN’s Justin Solomon

Dennis Rodman said he hopes the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit is a “success” and is “happy to be part of it” because he “deserves” it. 
While responding to a CNN question shortly after his arrival at Singapore airport, Rodman said:
“I’m just happy to be a part of it because I think I deserve it, I think I brought awareness on a lot of things around the world, and I think North Korea has given a lot of people the opportunity to do this conference now. And I hope it’s a success.”
He added the meeting between the two leaders “should go fairly well” but that “people expect too much for the first time” although the “door was opening.”
Rodman would not comment on whether he would be meeting with either President Trump or Kim Jong Un.

13 hr 49 min ago

Dennis Rodman just landed in Singapore

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman just arrived in Singapore for the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"He is willing to offer his support for his friends, President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un," Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, said.
Rodman has traveled to North Korea in the past and seems to have struck up an unlikely friendship with the North Korean leader. The basketball great also was a contestant on Trump's NBC show, "Celebrity Apprentice," in 2013.

14 hr 51 min ago

The historic meeting is just hours away. Here's how it will go down.

This handout provided by the Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) shows Trump with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 11.

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un will meet in just a few hours. Here's what to watch for and when, according to the White House schedule.
  • 8 p.m. ET (June 11) / 8 a.m. Singapore (June 12): President Trump departs Shangri-La Hotel en route to Capella Singapore, where the two leaders will meet.
  • 8:20 p.m. ET (June 11) / 8:20 a.m. Singapore (June 12): Trump arrives at Capella Singapore.
  • 9 p.m. ET (June 11) / 9 a.m. Singapore (June 12): President Trump and Kim Jong Un greet each other. This is the big moment. Cameras will be there to capture their expected handshake.
  • 9:15 p.m. ET (June 11) / 9:15 a.m. Singapore (June 12): President Trump and Kim Jong Un participate in a one-on-one bilateral meeting.
  • 10 p.m. ET (June 11) / 10 a.m. Singapore (June 12): President Trump and Kim Jong Un participate in an expanded bilateral meeting.
  • 11:30 p.m. ET (June 11) / 11:30 a.m. Singapore (June 12): President Trump and Kim Jong Un have a working lunch.
  • 4 a.m. ET (June 12) / 4 p.m. Singapore: President Trump is expected to speak with reporters.
  • 6:30 a.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. Singapore: President Trump departs Capella Singapore for Paya Lebar Air Base Singapore.
  • 7 a.m. ET / 7 p.m. Singapore: Trump departs Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, en route to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. From there, he will travel on to the United States.

15 hr 13 min ago

The chaos that unfolded before Trump arrived in Singapore

Before he left for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Trump attended another high-profile meeting: The G7 in Canada.
This summit, which is a gathering of leaders from seven allied countries, is usually a meeting among friends. But not what quite happened.
As CNN's Chris Cillizza put it: "Whatever happens in Singapore over the next day or two, it's uniquely possible — and maybe even likely — that what Trump did in Quebec on Friday and Saturday will matter more in the country's long-term geopolitical future, and not in a good way."
Here's what happened — all before landing in Singapore:
  • Friday morning: Before Trump even left for the meeting, he floated the possibility of Russia rejoining the G7.
  • Saturday morning: Trump arrived late for a gathering of G7 leaders focused on gender diversity. They started the meeting without him.
  • Later that day: Trump held a news conference before he left Quebec. He described the meeting as a "10" out of 10 and insisted he had very close personal relationships with, among others, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • While on Air Force One: Trump, who had apparently watched this Trudeau press conference, tweeted an attack on the Canadian Prime Minister.

16 hr ago

Kim Jong Un makes a surprise appearance, walking around downtown Singapore

North Korea's leader, who is staying at the St. Regis, is on the move in Singapore.
Kim went to Marina Bay Sands, a popular hotel in the city. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported that there were cheers when he walked into the hotel.
He meets with President Trump in less than 12 hours.

16 hr 20 min ago

Singapore's foreign minister tweets photo of Kim Jong Un's city tour

From CNN’s Sarah Faidell and Yoonjung Seo
Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan tweeted a photo with Kim Jong Un on an apparent tour of the city.
The tweet shows Balakrishnan and Kim Jong Un smiling at the camera and reads: “#jalanjalan #guesswhere?”
 “Jalan-jalan” means “taking a walk” in Malay.
Just a few hours ago, the foreign minister also tweeted a photo showing Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly celebrating Trump's birthday, which is on June 14.
16 hr 26 min ago

Trump and Japan's Abe talked on the phone ahead of summit

From CNN’s Junko Ogura

President Trump called Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday for both leaders to be “on the same page” ahead of the North Korea-US summit on Tuesday.
“I think Japan and the US, along with South Korea are in 'complete agreement' over the basic policy” on North Korea, Abe told reporters on Monday.
Abe added that he hoped Tuesday’s summit will be a “historic meeting and it will be the first step toward peace and stability in Northeast Asia.”
He also said Trump had renewed his pledge to bring up the issue of the abduction of Japanese citizens to North Korea.

16 hr 36 min ago

On again, off again: Here's how we got to this moment

President Trump's meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un was first announced in March. Since then, it has been abruptly canceled — and just as abruptly put back on the calendar.
Here's a look at how the summit came to be:
  • March 8: US officials say North Korea has invited President Trump to meet their leader Kim Jong Un. Trump agrees to the meeting and tweets, "Meeting being planned!"
  • April: The US and North Korea hold secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit, several administration officials tell CNN.
  • April 18: Trump confirms that then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo — who would later become secretary of state — visited North Korea and met with leader Kim Jong Un weeks earlier.
  • May 10: Trump announces that the meeting is set for June 12 in Singapore, tweeting, "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"
  • May 24: Trump says he will not meet Kim, releasing a letter he sent the North Korean leader. In the letter, Trump warned North Korea that the US military is ready to act should Pyongyang take any "foolish and reckless" action.
  • May 25: A day after cancelling the summit, Trump says he remains open to holding the meeting on June 12.
  • May 30: Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol meets with US Secretary of State Pompeo in New York City.
  • June 1: Chol travels to Washington, DC, and meets with President Trump. Their Oval Office meeting lasts for more than an hour, and Chol personally delivers a letter from Kim Jong Un himself.

16 hr 39 min ago

This is the hotel where Kim Jong Un and President Trump will meet

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un will meet for the first time at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
Delegations from the US and North Korea met four times last week at the Capella Hotel to hash out the logistics of the summit, with setting an appropriate venue for the summit at the top of the agenda.
The red-shingled, colonial-style Capella is a five-star hotel on Sentosa Island, which boasts several resorts, hotels, two golf courses and a theme park.
The five-star luxury hotel, which has 112 rooms, is representative of the East-meets-West spirit so commonly associated with Singapore. Rooms look out onto the South China Sea, and peacocks can be seen on the property.

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