Trump, Kim to have one-on-one meeting for 45 minutes: White House

Trump, Kim to have one-on-one meeting for 45 minutes: White House

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un one-on-one, with translators only, for 45 minutes in their highly anticipated summit on Tuesday (Jun 12). 

According to a schedule released by the White House on Monday night, Mr Trump will meet Mr Kim at 9.15am at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa.

This will be followed by an expanded bilateral meeting at 10am, followed by a working lunch starting from 11.30am involving delegations from both sides. 

The US delegation at the expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join the working lunch.

President Trump will then meet the media at 4pm.

He will leave Capella Hotel at 6.30pm for Paya Lebar Airbase, with his flight scheduled to depart at 7pm.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected," the White House said in a statement.

Sung Y Kim, the US representative for North Korean policy, has been meeting North Korean officials in Singapore at the Ritz Carlton hotel ahead of the summit.

Mr Pompeo tweeted earlier on Monday that the meeting was "substantive and detailed".

As with his arrival in Singapore, Mr Kim Jong Un's itinerary is closely guarded. A Reuters report said the North Korean leader is scheduled to leave Singapore on Tuesday afternoon. Both arrived in Singapore on Sunday and have met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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Source: CNA/Agencies/hm/(gs)