Trump, Kim shake hands to open momentous summit

US President Donald Trump smiles in front of a cake during an advanced birthday celebration at his meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Istana ahead of a summit between North Korea and the US Singapore

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"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

He added: "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase". Global anticipation of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's third-generation autocrat Kim Jong Un is close to feverish.

Singapore is footing the hotel bill for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his contingent who are here for a historic summit with US President Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but stressed the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

According to South Korean media, Kim Jong UN invited the President of trump to hold a second round of talks in Pyongyang in the event of a successful summit in Singapore.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship". "The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world".

Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter".

It is unclear what Mr Trump and Mr Kim might decide on Tuesday.

Some had also speculated that South Korea could use the Kim-Trump meeting to have the three sides declare a formal end to the Korean War - a key agreement in April's Panmunjom Declaration. Pyongyang is demanding as yet unspecified security guarantees and the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, and has not made clear what concessions it is offering over the nuclear arsenal it calls its "treasured sword" to defend against a United States invasion.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G-7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared that sentiment, saying Sunday that the $15 million cost to the host country was money well spent.

During a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, Trump said the meeting had gone "better than anybody could have expected".

Pyongyang's definition of denuclearization is much more opaque, but is believed to be much broader in scope and possibly include things like U.S. nuclear-capability assets in the region, Washington's large troop presence on South Korea or its inclusion of Seoul in its "nuclear umbrella". But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore earlier than expected - Tuesday evening - raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump told Lee.

Trump spoke as numerous foreign policy analysts pointed out that Trump-Kim agreement cites only intentions to denuclearize, with no specifics about how to get that done.

For his part, Kim hailed the "historic meeting" and said they "decided to leave the past behind". And while officials remain uncertain as to what exactly will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented discussions, Mr. Trump has stated that he wants to strike a deal to get the Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

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