Trump shows off 'The Beast' to Kim during historic Singapore summit

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The event-specific symbol features what appears to be a high-five between a hand representing the USA president and one representing the North Korean dictator known for executing his political enemies and exiling large swaths of his nation to prison camps, where they face starvation and torture.

"I feel really great". Mr Trump was optimistic that the talks would prove productive, saying: "We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success". "And it's my honour and we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt". "I have no doubt".

The meeting Rodman was referring to came back in March 2013.

"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of the Korea Peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo declared. And he says Kim has accepted. "We are here after overcoming all these", he said.

The two will huddle alone for roughly 45 minutes before being joined by aides for a larger meeting and working lunch.

We wonder whether they were comparing portable toilets because we know Kim Jong-un takes one everywhere.

Professor John Hajek from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics said the US President was "doing all the talking" and had the "upper hand" when the two met for their historic meeting.

Before the sun rose over Singapore he tweeted that 'meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly, ' echoing a statement from his White House the evening before that talks were progressing so fast Trump would leave Singapore early.

He sought to brush off questions that his appearance with Kim legitimizes his dictatorship, with some citing a video played for reporters prior to the start of the press conference that the president said he gifted to Kim in an attempt to show him the bright future available to his country.

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He's seen ushering Kim into a meeting room. "But we're giving him a chance to survive again after we did so with Kim Jong-il", wrote another, referring to previous peace overtures to the North Korean leader's father. "Probably, all the attention of our people is on Singapore".

He has spent "a sleepless night" with excitement ahead of the meeting, his office said. "It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more".

Pompeo laid out some of the USA cards on Monday, saying the administration was sticking to its demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

But in return, Washington would offer "different and unique" guarantees "to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them".

The key will be whether the two leaders can narrow their differences over the definition of denuclearization. "I am hoping for denuclearization and a peace agreement, and also for North Korea's economy to open up".

More officials took part in the working lunch, with the additional participants on the USA side, including White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger, and senior diplomat Sung Kim, who has led substantive talks with Pyongyang into the summit.

Pompeo declined to comment on a question about the approximately 28,500 USA servicemembers based in South Korea.

"Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough", Trump said.

The president also has said it will be the start of the process, suggesting that the meeting will set the stage for more detailed negotiations in coming months.

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