Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

He also told Lee the decision to hold the summit in the island city-state of Singapore was "made very consciously" and offers thanks. Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the USA in talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart in Singapore.

The White House released the update Monday morning while announcing the rest of President Trump's schedule.

"Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!"

Kim and Trump both arrived in Singapore a few hours apart on Sunday.

U.S. 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 U.S., Singapore, June 11, 2018, in this photo obtained from social media.

Balakrishnan posted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim on Twitter.

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The KCNA report was unusual in its clarity, mentioning the "historic first summit meeting and talks" between Kim and Trump.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. Last week, Trump expressed his hope for the normalization of relations with Pyongyang following the summit and did not rule out the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.

The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

They are due to meet tomorrow to discuss North Korea's nuclear arsenal and Washington's demand for a complete denuclearisation. But it remains unclear if Kim will part with what he likely views as his most important bargaining chip any time soon.

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