Trump, Lee to hold bilateral meetings, working lunch today

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Here is a rundown of the biggest actions that took place overnight, as Singapore is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. He released a photograph from inside the room of North Korean vice foreign minister Choi Sun-hee smiling across the table at the United States lead negotiator, the Philippines ambassador Sung Kim.

While the White House update detailed the size of the meeting, the expected length of the meeting hasn't been released.

The official media had reported that the two leaders plan to meet, but offered few specifics, including where and when.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get US troops off the Korean Peninsula and eventually pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

"I am on a mission of peace and we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people from all", he said.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

Trump himself seemed optimistic as well.

"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump said. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

Sky News video showed the impressive motorcade that that carried Kim from the airport to his overnight lodgings.

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Observers in the region warn that ultimatums over denuclearization could make military confrontation between the USA and North Korea even more likely, a situation Zhao Hai from China's Academy of Social Sciences described as a "down-spiral of security" that could turn into a nuclear "nightmare".

White House director of social media Dan Scavino later tweeted some more pictures from the event, which was held at the Shangri-La Hotel and not at the embassy itself.

In response to a question from VOA News just before heading to Asia from the Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump said "I really feel confident" about the unprecedented encounter between a sitting American president and a member of the family dynasty that has maintained iron-fist control over one of the world's most reclusive countries for three generations.

It formally referred to Trump by his full name in the Monday report, including his middle initial - the first time it has done so.

Trump on Monday morning was upbeat: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement is in the air!"

The Singapore government offered itself as a neutral site for the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.

Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

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