Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un


Trump finds time to tweet before meeting with Kim Jong Un

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During his stroll, crowds yelled out Kim's name and jostled to take pictures, and the North Korean leader posed for a selfie with Singapore officials.

"There's a lot of potential volatility that could come this week: we have the Trump-Kim summit and the central bank meetings", said Ryan Larson, head of USA equity trading at RBC Capital Markets.

The first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader is to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa in Singapore. "If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable", Mr Trump said ahead of the meeting.

Mattis added that discussions about USA troop numbers on the peninsula would be "premature" ahead of the outcome of negotiations between the two leaders Tuesday. "That's the only way I can see North Korea, as a very threatening state".

Pompeo said Monday the only acceptable outcome of the summit is "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" or dismantlement.

The results from previous summits and peace talks show that getting North Korea to seriously commit to denuclearization at any level is an enormous challenge.

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between USA and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization. Trump's move to meet him attracted fierce criticism for normalizing a regime routinely called out for its human rights abuses, that over years has built an image of fearsome renegade regime, throwing around threats of nuclear war.

The insult came after North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said the country may test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean - a retaliation to Trump's earlier threats of military force.

Much attention will be on Kim Jong Un at his historic summit Tuesday with President Donald Trump. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday. But the White House said he will instead leave at about 8pm on Tuesday - nearly 15 hours earlier.

Kim was not believed to have left his hotel since a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong soon after his arrival in the city on Sunday, but he ventured out on Monday evening.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore on June 10.

His first stop was a waterfront park with futuristic installations, Gardens by the Bay, which boasts the largest glass greenhouse and tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

He has made two trips to China since March to meet President Xi Jinping, and held summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

Trump then placed his hand on Kim's back as they exchanged small talk with their two translators by their side.

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. Immediately after the encounter, Dennis Rodman - one of the only Americans to have met Kim - was openly weeping while being interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo.

The president is now in Singapore, just hours away from his historic meeting with Kim.

"I don't think (the Fed) is going to say anything particularly related to a rate hike in December", said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in NY.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North.

His excursion out of the hotel caused a big stir with guests who were told to get behind a barricade while dozens of North Korean security men and Singapore police officers and government officials blocked off the lobby. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

The meeting is the first sit-down between a sitting US president and North Korean leader and is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. The two will later be joined by officials and have lunch together.

Kelsey Davenport, director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, said there were signs that the gaps between the two sides were narrowing but there was also risk.

"The process could be doomed before it begins".

The sitting leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met before.

The talks will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme.

North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world-so secretive that it earned the nickname "hermit kingdom".