Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Singapore

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during Trump summit

That gives a country leverage as demonstrated by this week's meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Kim Yong Chol's rise has baffled many North Korea watchers because he is the ruling Workers' Party official in charge of South Korea ties, not worldwide or US relations. The two posed for pictures briefly before walking over to an awning and appeared quite cordial in their greeting, both smiling as they shook hands for a second time.

"I feel really great", Trump said. "We can go fast, we can go slowly", Trump said. "We're going to be tremendously successful, and it's my honor, and we will have a terrific relationship".

Kim Jong Un's entourage has left for the luxury Singapore island resort where the North Korean leader will meet with President Donald Trump.

Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here". He told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim in Singapore.

Trump and Kim will be meeting at the Capella Hotel on the island resort of Sentosa and this will be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and the leader of North Korea.

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said, according to a translator. The 70-year-old, who was not on the North Korea trip, was active in Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the weekend. "And it's my honor to be involved".


The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high.

With that said, in recent days the White House has emphasized Tuesday's meeting will be the first step in a broader process.

This offers a fairly limited amount of time to discuss the breadth of issues on the table - including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which is the Trump administration's ultimate goal in terms of negotiations with North Korea.

Trump tweeted hours before the meeting that "we will all know soon" whether he can broker a deal with Kim that would help stave off the threat of nuclear war. Trump is expected to be joined by Trump was to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, along with a few others, the AP reports.

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the preparatory talks were moving quite rapidly and "and we anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated". Please refresh for details.

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