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US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit

US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit

United States president Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un touched down in Singapore on Sunday for their historic summit, where topics like nuclear disarmament and Korean reunification are on the table.

Less than two days before his tête-a-tête with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president who initially welcomed the idea that his efforts might net him a Nobel Prize was downplaying the possibility that Tuesday's meeting would lead to any major breakthroughs. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.

Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, the ex-basketball player said he thinks the North Korean leader "has bigger things to worry about than seeing me right now".

Flattery and Threats Trump, a former real-estate developer, has approached his meeting with Kim like a business negotiation - with flattery, flashy promises and flexible terms juxtaposed with constant threats to walk away from the table.

"This will not be just a photo-op", Mr. Trump said last Thursday during a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan visited the White House. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a USA official said. He said the United States would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal.

"I have little expectation from the summit", he said.

North Korea maintains an atrocious human rights record that is inextricably linked to its weapons proliferation.

Tuesday's summit in Singapore is unlikely to be a "momentous event", Kirk Wagar tells CNBC.

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Even after the White House confirmed the summit, the run-up to it was not without roadblocks.

The North Korean leader is said to always travel with several toilets, including one in his Mercedes.

"Trump is likely to declare the summit a victory irrespective of the outcome, but if the two sides fail to reach a common understanding of denuclearisation it will put at risk any process that the summit kicks off", he said.

'Challenging Path' "We could be on a course for a more collaborative approach and lower tensions, albeit in a very challenging path forward on the North Korean nuclear issues".

Probably. In fact, Trump has been doing quite a bit of this lately.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

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