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North Korea summit: Trump, Kim agree to work toward denuclearization, despite skeptics

15 June 2018

9 a.m. Tuesday / 9 p.m. Monday: Trump participates in a greeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The president reminded critics that since he first agreed to meet Kim Jong-un, North Korea stopped testing nuclear weapons, paused missile launches, and returned American hostages to the United States.

The wider session will include National Security Advisor John Bolton, who almost derailed the summit with hawkish comments about disarming North Korea. There will then be a bilateral meeting that will include some of Trump's top advisers, followed by a working lunch.

President Trump is in Singapore to meet one on one with the rogue nation's leader in what could be a historic summit that could finally end the nearly 70-year-old Korean War.

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Pyongyang has demanded the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, but in public has only pledged to pursue the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - a euphemism open to wide differences of interpretation.

Kim's black armored limousine with two large North Korean flags was surrounded by police vehicles, their lights flashing, and other black cars.

Critics at home said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim. I think what we're seeing Over the past few months is a creeping normalization of North Korea.

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Word of the private meeting unleashed a torrent of criticism on social media from national security veterans who worry the lack of a transcript will create a he-said-he-said showdown that could turn into a major headache for Trump.

President Trump's motorcade leaves the Istana presidential residence in Singapore on Monday.

Singapore will be hosting Trump's summit tomorrow with Kim. He says, "We're going to have a great discussion and a terrific relationship". "So this is an important concession that the United States is making to North Korea".

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North Korea summit: Trump, Kim agree to work toward denuclearization, despite skeptics