Kim summit to cost Singapore 'around $20 million': PM Lee

Erika Holt
June 13, 2018

He talked about the pair achieving "tremendous success together" and predicts that "it will be successful".

As the to met, Kim could be heard saying "Nice to meet you Mr. President".

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Singapore. The two leaders are likely to discuss North Korea's worldwide relations, months after Kim held unprecedented talks with South Korean's Moon Jae-in.

It's the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.

After the lunch, Mr Pompeo said the U.S. team is looking forward to the summit tomorrow.

Dennis Rodman, who has formed a close relationship with Kim since his visit to North Korea in 2013, said Friday in a Twitter post that he would give whatever support is needed to his friends, Trump and Kim. As a rule, they would only report on the leader's movements after the event.

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

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The US president left the Shangri-La Hotel, where he is staying, at about 11.45am in a motorcade of more than 30 vehicles.

Trump arrived in Singapore calling the summit a "one-time shot" for Kim, who is being urged to abandon his weapons program and normalize relations with the rest of the world in exchange for unspecified "protections" from the U.S. North Korea has long anxious about an American invasion and justifies its nuclear buildup as a way to defend itself. Trump said. "We will be fine!"

Still, he noted that decades of tension can not be resolved in one meeting, although, based on his interactions with their staff and meeting them personally, "both are supremely confident, both are hopeful".

The scores of aides, bodyguards and diplomats who accompanied the leaders from Washington and Pyongyang waited elsewhere for the roughly 40-minute one-on-one meeting in Singapore. As Trump and Kim greeted each other on a red carpet with the flags of the two nations as their backdrop, the world watched in anticipation. That's raising concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness. He's seen ushering Kim into a meeting room.

It initially was meant to rid the North of its weapons, to forge the "complete denuclearization" of the country.

When asked by a journalist how Singapore was going to recoup the amount, Mr Lee said: "I think if you calculate the price of everything in this world, you will miss out on the really important things". In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

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