SINGAPORE -- The summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un kicked off at about 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Capella Resort, Singapore.
Kim entered the conference room at about 8:54 a.m., carrying a folder on his left hand.
Trump arrived at the site at 9 a.m. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials entered the venue through a different entrance not covered by cameras at about 9:01 a.m.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold a short one-on-one meeting, followed by a longer meeting involving their aides.
North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AFP)
The one-on-one is scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m., and the larger meeting from 10 a.m. A working lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m.
The US leader is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4 a.m. It is unclear if the press event will involve Kim.
The two leaders arrived in Singapore on Sunday, sparking off speculations of discrete meetings between the two sides at the top level. Publicly, Kim was seen visiting various locations in Singapore on Monday.
Working-level officials, however, engaged in last minute negotiations on Monday.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, and North Korea’s vice foreign minister Choe Sun-hui are reported to have met three times in Singapore on Monday, continuing their discussions on the inter-Korean border.
The meeting is being closely monitored by Seoul, with President Moon Jae-in and top government officials watching the live coverage at the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Moon will be briefed on the meeting by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday in Seoul. Pompeo is set to arrive in Seoul on Wednesday.
Ahead of the meeting, Moon also spoke with Trump over the phone on Monday.
According to Cheong Wa Dae, Moon again praised Trump for his role in enabling the summit to take place saying that the meeting was only possible due to the US leader’s “strong leadership and brave decision.”
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org