Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

Here's a look back at some of the many comments Trump has shared on Twitter about the North Korean leader.

However, with increasing likelihood of a peace deal, odds of a risky culmination of the event are also rising.

Mr Trump said the summit would show if a "real deal" could happen, as both sides seek to narrow differences over how to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

Diplomatic analysts, regardless, are of the opinion that there's no chance that the talks could fail.

Kim was also en route for the meeting to discuss the fate of his country's nuclear weapons arsenal.

Tuesday's summit was the first time a sitting U.S. president met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.

Trump's goal is "ridding the United States and the world of threats posed by North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes", secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters on June 7, according to Bloomberg.

Trump and Kim are meeting Tuesday in what the US hopes will be the start of negotiations to eliminate North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program. "The process is now going to take place", Trump said. Professor Sung-Yoon Lee from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston says: "I think President Trump is walking right into an elaborate trap set by the North Koreans".

The annual Group of Seven (G7) summit concluded over the weekend resulted in Trump refusing to endorse the joint G7 statement that called for a reduction of tariffs, sparking tensions between him and fellow leaders of major countries. There will then be a bilateral meeting that will include some of Trump's top advisers, followed by a working lunch.

The two leaders will meet on Tuesday at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the main island of Singapore.

Mr Kim, whose country is subject to a broad range of worldwide sanctions - including from Australia - over its illegal weapons program, said he and Mr Trump had "decided to leave the past behind".

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