White House: North Korea Talks Moving 'More Quickly Than Expected'

Trump now plans to depart Singapore on Tuesday evening ahead of schedule

A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in South Korea, June 11, 2018.
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The White House says in a statement ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un that the talks with North Korea are moving "more quickly than expected." The White House says Trump now plans to depart Singapore on Tuesday evening ahead of schedule.

The White House says Trump will address the media on Tuesday following his summit with Kim and depart Singapore at approximately 8 P.M. The president had been expected to leave Singapore on Wednesday morning.

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Kim Jong Un leaves hotel for late-night city tour ahead of summit with Trump.

Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Kim arrived Sunday in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday with Trump meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear bomb arsenal.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months replaced serious fears of war last year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Despite the high stakes of a meeting meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session. He has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korea War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.