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North Korea delegation enjoys fruits of Singapore's capitalism

11 June 2018

Shortly after a group of suited North Korean diplomats set out from their Singapore hotel on Monday for talks with US officials on the eve of a historic summit, a bigger group of North Koreans headed out in summery shirts for some shopping.

He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated".

The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists who have converged on Singapore, and by gawkers around the world, up until he shakes hands with Trump on Tuesday.

A look back at the key moments leading up to the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. But Trump cautioned that Kim "won't have that opportunity again" if the talks do not go well - describing this opportunity for diplomacy with the United States as a "one-time shot".

Both Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

President Trump is expected to meet separately with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.

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.

Kim and President Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's historic summit.

"I think we should take some optimism from that reporting", the official said.

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Mr. Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea past year, and a North Korean official warned of a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" just a few weeks ago.

Kim likely delegated authority to watch over the arsenal to one of a number of trusted North Korean officials who stayed in Pyongyang, including Choe Ryong Hae, one of several senior leaders who saw Kim off at the airport as he departed for Singapore, said Michael Madden, a leadership expert with the 38 North website, which monitors North Korea.

North Koreans were told two weeks ago that a summit between Kim and Trump would take place, but not when or where it would happen.

"It's unknown territory, in the truest sense", Trump said during the G-7.

Trump has had recent discussions with South Korean Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping - who all have vested interests in the outcome - about matters he plans to raise. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".

The North has faced diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

While President Trump has spoken positively about the upcoming summit, he has been vague on details of what they might be able to actually achieve.

That could precede a full treaty which would raise complex issues needing extensive negotiation, and would need to involve China, which backed the North during the conflict and is a signatory to the armistice.

All of that is almost impossible under strict worldwide sanctions, which is why the North Korean leader needs more than just a photo-op with the president of the U.S. Trump and Kim lookalikes held a summit of their own at a local shopping mall, while one bistro is offering a libation known as the Trump-Kim "Bromance:" Beer, tequila, diet Coke and the Korean distilled rice liquor known as soju.

North Korea delegation enjoys fruits of Singapore's capitalism