President Trump meets Kim Jong Un

By Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries, Ben Westcott, Meg Wagner and Amanda Wills, CNN
11:03 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018
1:02 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

US and North Korea will sign pledge to keep the momentum going, official says

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

President Trump and Kim Jong Un will sign an agreement to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, a US official told CNN.

The official said he would not get ahead of the President on hard specifics of any agreement.

Trump surprised reporters by announcing there would be "a signing" in the afternoon, during a stroll around the Capella Hotel with Kim.

No official events had been planned until Trump's meeting with the press at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).

12:53 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

Trump announces there will be a "signing" after working lunch with Kim Jong Un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) walks with US President Donald Trump (L) during a break in talks on June 12.

President Trump just told reporters that he and Kim Jong Un were off to "a signing" after their working lunch.

Trump made the remark during a brief stroll around the Capella Hotel with Kim. The President also said the talks had gone "better than anybody could have expected."

There is no information on what they could be signing or whether any agreements have been reached.

No more official events were planned until Trump meets the press at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), according to the White House's schedule this morning.


1:00 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

North Korean state media goes big on Singapore

A conductor changes the newspaper to the latest edition showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, at a news stand on a subway platform of the Pyongyang metro on June 12.

North Korea's top newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, splashed photos of Kim Jong Un's unprecedented visit to Singapore on Wednesday, including his walking tour of the glamorous city. CNN correspondent Will Ripley, who has traveled to North Korea nearly 20 times, called the images "extraordinary."

"It's extraordinary to me because normally North Korea waits 24 hours or longer after these events, the message is vetted and edited and North Koreans find out about it after the rest of the world," CNN correspondent Will Ripley said.

12:28 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

This is what the summit looks like so far

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting right now in Singapore for their historic summit. Here's how it's gone, in photos.

Earlier, Trump and Kim shook hands.

They had a one-on-one meeting.

Trump and Kim went on a short walk.

They sat down with their top advisers.

Meanwhile, people in Tokyo were glued to their TV screens.

12:24 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

Historic summit is a "prelude to peace," Kim Jong Un says

US President Donald Trump waves as he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look on from a veranda during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

At the extended bilateral meeting earlier Tuesday, North Korea's Kim Jong Un said he believed sitting down with President Trump is "a great prelude to peace." 

Trump agreed, saying, "I do too."

Kim continued: "As I said earlier, until now, others have been unable to attempt."

"Of course there will be difficulties along the way, but as of today, a day that a good start has been made, I am determined to start a grand undertaking together."
12:17 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018

Trump jokingly asks photographers to take pictures that show them "handsome and thin"

Note: The US press pool wasn't invited into this spray, so the following video was provided by Singapore's government photographers.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un are sitting down with top officials from both countries for a working lunch, a bit later than originally planned.

The extended bilateral negotiations were scheduled to end at about 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET), according to the White House.

But instead the two were pictured taking their seats at a long table, with their primary advisers, about 20 minutes late.

Trump invited Kim to sit down, before jokingly asking photographers to take photos which would make them look “nice and handsome and thin.”

There are no official events scheduled for the rest of the day until Trump meets with reporters at 4 p.m. in the afternoon (4 a.m ET).

Watch the moment:

11:52 p.m. ET, June 11, 2018

North Korea was "very conscious" about presenting US & North Korea as equals

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

During negotiations for the Singapore summit, the North Koreans were "very conscious" to ensure the United States was presented as their equal throughout.

"They wanted to make sure both in ceremony and in security and every other way that we're presenting to the world an image that presents them as equals," the official said. "The North Koreans were very conscious of that."

The US largely agreed to North Korea's demands for parity in all aspects of the summit, from the number of officials during the bilateral meetings to the number of US and North Korean flags side by side during the arrival ceremony.

The images of the six US and six North Korean flags in the background of the Trump-Kim handshake will undoubtedly be used by North Korean propaganda to suggest the US and North Korea are on level footing.

The official said the requests for parity were made even in situations where it might not be logistically necessary.

Still, the official said the official summit logo had been designed by the US side. The North Koreans approved of it.

11:34 p.m. ET, June 11, 2018

What Trump and Kim will eat at their first lunch together

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

When President Trump and Kim Jong Un sit down for their working lunch, at about 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET), there'll be an assortment of Western and Korean dishes on offer.

  • For their starters, they can choose between a prawn cocktail with avocado salad, green mango kerabu or "oiseon," a Korean stuffed cucumber.
  • Next, there will be beef short rib confit, sweet and sour crispy pork with Yangzhou Fried Rice or "daegu jorim," a Korean soy braised cod fish.
  • Finally to finish, there will be dark chocolate tartlet ganache, vanilla ice cream or "tropezienne," a pastry dessert.

Joining Kim and Trump at lunch will be all the delegates from the morning's extended bilateral, as well as a few extra advisers.

Among them will be Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, and Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister and the first deputy director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

11:18 p.m. ET, June 11, 2018

President Trump and Kim Jong Un met for the first time ever. Here's how it's gone so far.

President Donald Trump 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 on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un became the first sitting leaders of their respective countries to meet in person on Tuesday.

The world watched as the two leaders shook hands and exchanged words during the historic meeting, which happened just after 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET).

Here's what happened:

Trump and Kim met with a handshake:

  • Both leaders had guarded smiles
  • The leaders touched each other’s arms and appeared relaxed.

Trump and Kim gave brief side-by-side comments:

  • What Trump said: "I think it will be tremendously successful, and it's my honor and we will have a terrific relationship. I have no doubt."
  • What Kim said: "It has not been easy to come to this point. For us the past has been holding us back, and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today

They sat down for an expanded bilateral meeting:

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton, and an interpreter joined Trump.
  • Trump told Kim that he was looking forward to working with him. “We will be successful.”