The Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know

Watch our comprehensive coverage of the Trump-Kim summit live on YouTube from 7am on Tuesday (Jun 12).

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May. It also annoyed Singapore residents by offering to pay Kim's hotel bill.

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also tweeted a picture of them going "jalan-jalan", a local term meaning to go out for a walk, in the Gardens by the Bay park.

Trump's early departure will be second from a summit in just a few days. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with US allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CBS News in Washington that "Kim must not see American weakness". East Coast time - according to the White House.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the president was fully prepared for the meeting. Some analysts said a Kim commitment to specific negotiations on denuclearisation could well be enough for Tuesday's summit to be a success.

From there, the two will engage in more talks with advisers joining them through a working lunch.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

"Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels", Lee Yun-keol, a former member of a North Korean Guard Command unit who defected, told The Washington Post.

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Its state-run media are reporting extensively on Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore, with KCNA publishing three reports detailing his departure from Pyongyang, arrival in Singapore and meeting with Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong.

Even Mr Kim's two recent trips overseas to neighbouring China were not reported to the North Korean population until he had returned home.

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before". But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state.

Trump landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.

The process could turn on what Trump is willing to offer Kim for ending his pursuit of nuclear weapons and submitting to intrusive inspections. The meetings also served as an ice breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S.

Trump, too, has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

"I think the minimum would be a relationship".

While fighting a trade war with allies, Trump now brings his America First negotiating style to the deadly topic of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

The official did not rule out the possibility that additional activities could be added to tomorrow's schedule, beyond the two planned meetings with Kim, ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports.

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