Liveblog: President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un's hotel during Trump summit

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un's hotel during Trump summit

Shortly after 9 a.m. local time, Trump and Kim walked along a white colonnade, meeting in front of a bank of 12 alternating USA and North Korean flags where they shook hands.

The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in Singapore. India, Pakistan and North Korea are not CTBT signatories. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction.those measures will increase".

"These discussions that will take place tomorrow between Chairman Kim and President Trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow".

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It's where former Chinese President Hu Jin Tao stayed during the 2009 APEC Summit (and don't tell Trump, but Hillary Clinton stayed there in 2011, too). Trump briefly called off the summit a few weeks ago before agreeing again to the meeting. On a larger level, the astronomical cost of the nuclear weapons program contributes to the massive poverty in North Korea, among the world's poorest countries.

Lee said the cost was worthwhile.

- With Hunter Walker contributing reporting.

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday. Their hotels are cordoned off with heavy security.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

As many foreign policy experts, religious leaders, and human rights advocates have pointed out, denuclearizing the Korean peninsula is a critical security goal.

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un's hotel during Trump summit

The unraveling of the Canada summit meeting increases the North Korean leader's incentive to "up his asks and limit his compromises and for Trump to do the opposite", Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter, adding, "Hardly the ideal context".

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

The meeting is the first sit-down between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader and is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived at Singapore's Sentosa Island, where he'll be meeting shortly face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

Later, they would be joined by their respective negotiating teams for discussions that could last another hour.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Whatever the results, it will be one of the more unusual summits in recent history as a flamboyant, often erratic U.S. president gets a close-up look at a hereditary socialist despot who sits on a nuclear weapons programme.