Trump to leave summit early -- after meeting with Kim

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Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the USA was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them". It has the bomb.

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.

Since the first USA atomic test in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945 eight countries have conducted an estimated 2,056 nuclear test explosions, mostly in the late 1950's and early 1960's - the darkest days of the Cold War, according to data from the Arms Control Association. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Trump's one-on-one meeting with Kim kicks off the first ever summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Welcome to our live coverage of the US-North Korea summit.

In an interview with BBC (who really got our geography wrong yesterday), Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan confirmed what everyone was guessing a week ago: Singapore is indeed picking up the hotel tab for the North Korean contingent here.

Singapore pays for Kim Jong Un's hotel during Trump summit
President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for historic summit

In the past two months, he has met twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with China's leader Xi Jinping.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

This combination of file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in North Korea, in the photo provided on May 18, 2018. But many say this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power. Lee has said the summit would cost Singapore about S$20 million ($15 million), more than half of which would go on security. Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes.

The key objective for the United States will be to successfully negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

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.

The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.

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