"North Korea has its own royal lineage - the Kim family - and so it is natural that Kim Yo Jong traveled to Singapore separately from her brother", Christopher Green, a North Korea researcher and Sino-NK editor, told NK News on Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. The two posed for pictures briefly before walking over to an awning and appeared quite cordial in their greeting, both smiling as they shook hands for a second time. But for the first part of their discussion, they squared off mano-a-mano, with only a pair of translators, raising fears about the risks of conducting such a monumental meeting with no other witnesses.
"I feel really great", Trump said. "It's gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success". "If we say we need to fundamentally change the relationship, then you have a framework where there can be real progress".
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"Bad idea", tweeted Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. "And he said, 'Hey, Dennis, I would like to ask you three things".
But he also patted the US president' arm, in an attempt to show control over the encounter. US officials have said a best case scenario would be that it serves as a launching pad for negotiations that would provide Kim with physical security and his closed off nation with economic assurances in exchange for irreversibly dismantling his country's nuclear capabilities.
"It's incredible, when I said those things, when I said those damn things, when I went back home I got so many death threats", a tearful Rodman told CNN's Chris Cuomo while wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.More news: North Korea Summit In Singapore
Trump met with Kim on Tuesday and became the first sitting USA president to give an audience to a North Korean leader.
While there has been a wave of bipartisan voices looking to support the president's efforts to avert war in the Korean peninsula, there have also been concerns in foreign policy circles that the meeting will elevate Kim's status as a brutal dictator overseeing a regime complicit in horrendous human-rights abuses.
Previously, Trump had derided Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and pledged to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to make nuclear threats.More news: Del Potro Can Trouble Nadal During Semi-Final Clash, Wilander Says
In Trump's and Kim's meeting on Tuesday, reporters were allowed access for just a few minutes at the beginning.
After some initial exchanges lasting around half-an-hour, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before re-entering the meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.
For both men, the summit, the first between leaders of North Korea and the United States, is likely to be a defining moment of their careers. North Korea has always been a useful buffer between China and US forces in South Korea. Before the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to hint that the outcome of the talks might not be what Trump has promised in the past.More news: After 'difficult' G7 summit, May warns against unilateral action on trade
The meeting is set to take place Tuesday morning (Monday evening Washington time), when the leaders will talk one-on-one.