Officials from US President Donald Trump’s delegation met with North Korean officials in Singapore early Monday, the White House said.
Sung Kim, who currently serves as the US ambassador to the Philippines and is a former ambassador to South Korea, led the US delegation during the meeting at the Ritz Carlton, while Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was part of the North Korean delegation.
Trump and Kim arrived hours apart in the city state on Sunday, ahead of their highly-anticipated meeting on Tuesday.
The historic summit, which will see an incumbent US president sitting with a North Korean leader for the first time, will aim to reach an agreement on North Korea’s denuclearization in exchange for the easing of diplomatic and economic sanctions on Pyongyang.
North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA reported Monday that the two sides would exchange views on the establishment of new North Korea-US relations, as well as “the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula” and “the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Other issues of “mutual concern” would also be discussed “as required by the changed era,” it said, adding that the summit would be held “under the great attention and expectation of the whole world.”
Trump is also scheduled to meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at noon at the Istana, the official residence of Singapore’s president.
Senior White House administration officials were scheduled to hold a press conference later Monday.
“Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!” Trump tweeted early Monday. The US president said earlier he was on a “mission of peace” but also warned that the face-to-face talks were a “one-time shot.”