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Trump and Kim Jong-Un to hold private meeting

Trump and Kim Jong-Un to hold private meeting

"Who knew this would have happened five to six years ago..."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took a surprise evening tour of downtown Singapore on Monday, the eve of his highly-anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The two leaders shared a historic handshake as they met for the first time.

"But I'm cautious. On this issue the national government and I are of one mind".

On the DPRK side, Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong, two vice chairmen of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho were present.

They shook hands and held a 40-minute one-on-one meeting at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa, before proceeding to an expanded meeting and a working lunch with their aides.

The summit with Trump is the culmination of months of posturing and negotiating between top United States and North Korean officials and comes less than two weeks after Trump reversed his decision to scrap plans for the meeting, which is set to take place in Singapore.

Dennis Rodman Arrives in Singapore for Trump/Kim Jong-un Summit
Tensions between the two countries escalated in 2017 after Pyongyang stepped up efforts to boost its nuclear weapons programme. The White House says Trump will leave Singapore Tuesday, because the talks have "moved more quickly than expected".

"No time was set for the summit's close and as the White House statement said, things have moved 'more quickly than expected, ' which is reflected in the schedule", White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement. "We're going to start a process". Whether the talks break down, whether they come to an agreement, whether agree to agree or even agree to disagree I think Kim comes out a victor. We can go fast. "Maybe it's a surprise I'll see him tomorrow before he leaves", he said. And if we can work that out, that will be good.

This historic summit was planned, called off and then rescheduled for its original date, June 12.

Michael Auslin, the inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the North Korea Summit.

The main goals of the summit, Pompeo said, are establishing diplomatic relations with North Korea and the termination of the North Korean nuclear program. "They have to frame it in terms of time, in terms of the specific types of weapons - obviously, nuclear would be one, but there's others that could be involved".

"My job is to find space, to find solutions to support the diplomats", Mattis said.


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