Trump and Kim Jong-un hold extended meeting

US President Donald Trump gestures as he 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

After being excluded earlier, reporters from those wire services were added for coverage of the expanded bilateral meeting that followed Trump's and Kim's first meeting, though the pool size remained tight.

Cheering crowds greeted Kim during his stroll, and cameras from North Korea's KCNA documented his every move. "And he said, 'Hey, Dennis, I would like to ask you three things".

The meeting marks the first ever meeting between a sitting North Korean leader and a US president. They sat across the table from Kim and his team.

The almost four-hour summit went "better than anybody could have expected", Trump said; he claimed "a lot of progress", but did not elaborate.

Rodman claimed that several officials, including former President Barack Obama, brushed him off and did not take his trips to North Korea seriously: "Obama didn't even give me the time of day", Rodman said.

"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. "But I really believe that we have the potential to do something incredible for the world".

Commenting on his upcoming meeting with the North Korean dictator, President Trump said he will know very quickly whether the summit is going to be fruitful.

The meeting carries not only potentially dire diplomatic risks, but high political stakes as well for a president who has framed the meeting in legacy-defining terms.

But there is established precedent for presidents meeting privately with foreign leaders - including foes - with only interpreters. One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the USA would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearization and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

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.

"In the 18 years I have worked on [North Korea], the ongoing debate between the United States and North Korea was essentially this - United States: change your behaviour and we can be friends", Walsh said.

USA partners in the region, particularly South Korea and Japan, are concerned that Trump's eagerness to struck a diplomatic win might lead to him to give away too much too early, perhaps undermining United States security guarantees to its allies as a way of resassuring Kim of the safety of his regime.

Summit venues and travel are also being protected by Singaporean police, Reuters reports.

It's so far unclear whether the US and North Korea will release some kind of joint statement or agreement following the sit-down. 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.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said on Monday evening.

Japan will also be watching with ambivalence - happy to see the saber-rattling ending but anxious its security might be sacrificed in Trump's rush to neutralize the North Korean threat to the United States.

This is a developing story.

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