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Trump Kim summit: Both leaders are in place

13 June 2018
Trump Kim summit: Both leaders are in place

The menu for a working lunch served to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and their delegations during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

The US President is set to address a news conference in the evening.

The president is now in Singapore, just hours away from his historic meeting with Kim.

The two leaders discussed relations between their countries, developments in North Korea and the region, including recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee through an interpreter when they met Sunday.

The two men spoke privately before a backdrop of red, white and blue flags, North Korea's single star interspersed with the stars and stripes of the American banner.

He also made a stop at the global media centre at the F1 Pit Building, which will be the base for the thousands of journalists in town to cover the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

President Trump said during the signing ceremony that they have "developed a special bond".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, spent the morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

It's "going to be tremendously successful", Mr. Trump said in introductory comments broadcast live on television.

Last week, Mr Trump told reporters that Rodman had not been invited to the summit, but praised him as a "nice guy" and great rebounder.

The lunch, which followed a 45-minute one-on-one meeting between the leaders earlier in the morning and bilateral discussion with senior aides, was held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island. Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

The summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president, and could define the fate of millions, along with the leaders' own political futures.

The talks - unimaginable just a few months ago - will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme. Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?"

Shortly before the summit began, Mr Trump tweeted that his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, had suffered a heart attack and was in hospital.

"If you're friends, then you don't have to arm yourselves and point weapons at each other", he said.

The two leaders exchanged broad smiles and warm thank-yous when they met at the Istana.