White House says Trump plans early summit departure


North Korea's jogging guardians caught the world's attention in April, when they escorted Kim to the landmark inter-Korea summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting. Again accusing the longtime United States ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim are both looking for political victories that will help them at home.

Each plans to leave Singapore hours after their meetings wrap up, though Trump plans to speak to reporters about the developments. "And we'll see how far we get, but I'm very optimistic", he continued.

While Trump and Kim search each other's eyes and words for signs of trust or deceit, the rest of the world will be watching, hoping that somehow these two unpredictable leaders can find a way to defuse one of the planet's most unsafe flashpoints.

Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed.

Both Trump and Kim arrived on Sunday to Singapore, chosen as the site of the summit for its reputation as a safe and orderly place and the fact that is has diplomatic relations with both North Korea and the US.

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"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement. Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to manage expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary. As Cuomo himself said of Rodman Monday night, "He is our best resource right now for understanding the minds of the two men, especially Kim Jong Un".

The North, experts believe, stands on the brink of being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the United States and the North.

Before a one-on-one meeting with only the interpreters present, there was another photo op as the two leaders shook hands across a coffee table and beamed at the assembled press.

For both men, the high-stakes encounter is the most consequential meeting of their lives, addressing the future of North Korean's nuclear arsenal and a peace agreement to end the precarious and tense 65 year limbo that has endured since the Korean War. It's "stunning" and "not to be minimized in any way", but it's also important to remember that "Kim Jong Un has given up nothing at this point".

North Korea once enjoyed two sponsors, China and the Soviet Union.

Pompeo said the meeting could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.

"We're here, overcoming everything", the reclusive Kim told Trump, adding that the two countries overcame many obstacles on their way forward. The war was concluded with a truce, not a peace treaty, but a treaty will also have to include China, which was party to the armistice. Later in the day, he met with senior advisers and phoned the leaders of Japan and South Korea.