Kim summit: North Korea hails 'new era' of relations with the US

Kim summit: North Korea hails 'new era' of relations with the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan on June 10, 2018, after arriving in the city-state for a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, in this photo captured from Balakrishnan's Twitter account.

USA and North Korean negotiators met in a Singapore hotel on Monday, seeking to clarify the shape of Tuesday's summit, where Trump has said he intends to guided by instinct.

A US official said Monday that Trump and Kim will first meet one on one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers. I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really - in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world.

"Chairman Kim is anxious about whether he can trust that the USA will end the policy of hostility and guarantee the stability of his regime", the South Korean President told the media upon his secretive meeting with Kim in May.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for the summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda.

As they sat down, Kim also repeatedly praised the "excellent conditions provided" by the host country, and remarked that "for this historical summit, Singapore has provided the necessary conditions for it to take place".

Mr Trump has said it normally takes him about five seconds to figure out whether he will get along with someone.

"Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds.

Earlier in the week, Trump also said he has done little preparation for the meeting, noting that the meeting would be all about "attitude".

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It is not just the logistics of Mr Kim's trip that are unclear - there is a flurry of speculation about what results might come from the summit.

A dispatch by the state-run Korean Central News Agency says 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.

The nuclear program has enabled Kim to project confidence, analysts say, and he is now trying to metamorphose from a nuclear-armed tyrant into responsible worldwide statesman.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.

Trump told reporters in Canada on Saturday any agreement with Kim would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew to Washington last week to meet with Trump before the G7 to ensure Japan's interests weren't overlooked in the summit.

Bolton's hardline rhetoric last month infuriated North Korea and almost derailed the summit.

But it's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

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