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Trump, Lee to hold bilateral meetings, working lunch today

11 June 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore on Sunday. Their meeting is expected to begin Tuesday with a one-on-one session - just Trump and Kim and their personal interpreters.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted from Air Force One en route to Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a statement saying the two discussed mutual relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula, with Prime Minister Lee thanking Kim for his and Trump's "bold and admirable decision" to hold the summit.

During the lunch, Trump said he thinks "things can work out very nicely" in Tuesday's meeting.

After more than a day's silence on Twitter, Trump posted four tweets about trade disagreements that were the talk of the G-7 conference, followed by a quick mention of the summit he is now attending - writing "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" - before turning back to tweeting about trade once more.

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Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim a recognition North Korea has long sought, setting him up as global player and the leader of a country worthy of respect. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved. -North Korea contact, the official said. -North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure they are not actually spies.

When asked how he feels about the summit after landing in Singapore on Sunday afternoon, US President Donald Trump said, "Very good".

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea.

The American president travelled to Singapore from Canada and the tensions of the G-7 summit that centred largely on disputes over trade. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

However, according to Moon, Kim remains skeptical of the USA leaders' pledges. Again accusing the longtime USA ally of unfair trade practices, he added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

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Meanwhile, there was no indication of Kim's schedule for the whole of Monday, ahead of his meeting with Trump that begins at 9am on Tuesday. "Given the history of the way KCNA has reported, I think that is a sign for optimism". "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".

"He has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again".

Though it could mean many things, the relative speed of the reports about Kim traveling to Singapore could be seen as a sign of confidence by the North that the summit will go well. That's what I do.

They did not take questions from reporters. "I said maybe in the first minute".

It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump, Lee to hold bilateral meetings, working lunch today