Trump gives Kim a 'thumbs up' after initial handshake

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Yet even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

The two leaders planned to meet one-on-one for up to an hour with only their translators at their sides, before an extended meeting and a working lunch attended by their entourages. Then aides to each were to come in for more discussions and a working lunch.

"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly.but in the end, that doesn't matter". The "madman" comment also came after a historic televised statement from Kim, in which the North Korean leader called Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard". And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check.

"I also hope the U.S. helps North Korea develop capitalism so that eventually the North and South can come together", Chang said.

US President Donald Trump and Japan's prime minister during a phone call agreed to closely consult after the summit in Singapore, the White House said in a press release, Sputnik reported.

For Trump, Singapore represents a golden opportunity to overshadow the negative headlines he generated from a contentious G-7 summit.

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"He is very talented", Trump said, citing Kim's ability to "take over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and run it, and run it tough".

Offering a preview to reporters, Pompeo said it could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.

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He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a selfie with a smiling Kim and Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, against a backdrop of flowers with the hashtag #Guesswhere.

Trump and Kim are staying in two separate hotels elsewhere in Singapore - Kim at the St. Regis Hotel, and Trump less than half a mile away at the Shangri La Hotel.

Kim announced late past year that his country had obtained the ability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon, and soon afterwards sought talks with South Korea on participating in the Winter Olympics. The North Koreans have talked about having President Trump to Pyongyang.

Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the US -based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper at the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Trump to seek "the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korean political prison camps - mimicking the formulation used by the U.S.in its demand for that nation's denuclearization. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

Trump and the North Korean leader are both in Singapore for Tuesday's meeting, the first-ever between U.S. and North Korean leaders. She previously worked as an English-language interpreter for a North Korean delegation attending now-stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

Instead, he told reporters last weekend he would rely on "my touch, my feel" to assess the young and mercurial leader.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before". "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said, telling Cuomo, "it's a great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

Among those joining the leaders on the US side were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

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