Trump predicts ‘tremendous success’ for historic summit

US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

Trump and Kim make history with a handshake

On Tuesday, while all other global networks went live with Kim and Trump's first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule that usually begins five hours later.

U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attend a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore, June 11, 2018. Moments after shaking Kim's hand, Trump said "we will have a terrific relationship".

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

United States and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

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

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.

Mr Trump was optimistic that the talks would prove productive, saying: "We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

The leaders then walked along a balcony in the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, the venue for the talks.

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It also has two presidential suites, so Trump and Kim won't have to duke it out over who gets the big room. But no one can credibly suggest that a durable or verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be achieved when North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state. Speaking with reporters beforehand, Trump was buoyant about the meeting's prospects, predicting that the two would share a "tremendously successful" discussion.

Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.

North Korea's atrocious human rights record didn't stop Kim receiving a rock star reception in Singapore.

With cameras of the world's press trained on them, Trump and Kim displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie.

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One of the world's most reclusive leaders, Kim visited Singapore's waterfront on Monday, smiling and waving to onlookers, adding to a more affable image that has emerged since his April summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. But a week before the summit, Sanders told POLITICO that the White House was still working out the details.

"Trump is a gambler and he's gambling on being able to rein in North Korea like a parent does to naughty child", Leong said.

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