President Trump, Kim Jong Un shake hands ahead of historic meeting

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The size appeared created to match the number of North Korean "journalists" present, according to a press pool, and led to tension between US media and White House officials on the ground in Singapore. Yes, kind words, yes, they're meeting.

"It will be challenging but I want to do that", Kim said. "We're going to have a great discussion". "We will have a terrific relationship". Mr Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Mr Kim whether he would reach a deal.

Pompeo also expressed confidence of a "successful outcome" but said that the summit would also lead to a lot more to be done in the path ahead, providing a "framework for the hard work that will follow".

Still, during the preliminary meeting, both Trump and Kim appeared diplomatic but warm, smiling and clasping hands before making a joint statement to the press.

President Donald Trump says that his one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "very, very good" and that the two have an "excellent relationship".

North Korea staged the destruction of its Punggye-Ri nuclear site last month for the cameras, but dismantling North Korea's entire nuclear program begins with verifying what they actually have in their arsenal. "It's fantastic when I said those things, when I said those damn things, when I went back home, I got so many death threats", Rodman said. "And it's my honor to be involved". During his stroll, crowds yelled out Kim's name and jostled to take pictures, and the North Korean leader posed for a selfie with Singapore officials.

Kim leaned to his left in a casual manner toward the US President.

North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization, but experts have expressed concern over the varying definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang. Two of America's close partners - Japan and South Korea - have assured the United States of help in the economic reconstruction of North Korea if everything goes well in Singapore.

Trump and Kim will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with translators.

Officials of the two sides held last-minute talks to lay the groundwork for the summit of the old foes, an event nearly unthinkable just months ago, when they were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump will participate in a media availability before departing for the USA at around 8 pm Singapore time.

The insult came after North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said the country may test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean - a retaliation to Trump's earlier threats of military force.

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

Pompeo laid out some of the US cards on Monday, saying the administration was sticking to its demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.