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up next. >> all of us here, we appreciate your time. >> tonight as we come on air in the west breaking news from singapore. the president set to sit down with the north korean dictator, their high stakes summit. the first time a sitting u.s. president has ever met with a north korean leader. after months of calling each other names and the threats of nuclear war, the president tweeting we'll soon know if a real deal can happen. will kim give up his nuclear weapons? what will he demand in return? also tonight, who is this mysterious dictator? in just moments, he will be thrust onto the world stage beside the president of the united states. but he has been ruthless, ordering the execution of his uncle. it's believed the assignation of his own brother, too, with a nerve agent, captured on surveillance. tonight, from the brutal dictator to the new selfie a short time ago, and the tours
here in singapore. back in the u.s., the hurricane now a category three. we are tracking it. and the severe storm threat across several states. possible tornadoes, heavy rain and hail. the hostage standoff. the gunman barricaded with four children inside a home. the officer shot. and the mystery cabin explosion. the family of five killed while on vacation. good evening tonight from singapore as we come on the air in the west, a short time from now we'll witness a historic moment here. president trump meeting face-to-face with kim jong-un. just moments ago president trump leaving his hotel for the meeting site. followed by kim jong-un in his motorcade. president trump arriving here on
what he calls a mission of peace. the president said he'll know in the first minute if kim jong-un is serious. that tweet from president trump just moments ago saying we'll all know soon. president trump on his way to that meeting site right now. in stark contrast to the dictator who tested more bombs and missiles than his father and grandfather taking a selfie. with singapore's foreign minister. a sight seeing walk surrounded by body guards. it was not long ago kim jong-un was celebrating his missile blasts. is he truly ready to give all that up? jonathan karl here in singapore leading us off. >> reporter: this is donald trump's moment. even for this showman president, no move has been bolder, riskier. no spotlight more bright, more intense. at lunch with singapore's prime minister, he sounded confident, but restrained. >> i think things could work out very nicely. >> reporter: "great to be in singapore," he tweeted. "excitement in the air!" at a meeting with the american
diplomats at the embassy here, a pep talk. >> you are spectacular people. thank you very much. thank you. >> reporter: even more, this is kim jong-un's moment. will this 36-year-old dictator make an historic turn? he spent the eve of the talks sightseeing. even this night on the town for the world's most isolated leader of the world's most isolated nation is without precedent. surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards, the same well-dressed security force earlier seen jogging alongside his car. not since taking power seven years ago has he ventured so far from home. he visited singapore's garden by the bay, smiled as the foreign minister snapped a selfie. his next stop, a casino resort, waving at stunned tourists as he made his way. the government of singapore is picking up his hotel tab. kim telling the prime minister, "if the summit proves successful, the name of singapore will go down in
history." president trump said he would know instantly if kim is serious about making a deal. >> i think within the first minute i'll know. >> how? >> just my touch, my feel. that's what i do. i think i'll know pretty quickly whether or not in my opinion something positive will happen. >> reporter: the two men spent most of last year trading insults, and ominous words of war. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. >> reporter: kim jong-un posing more and more of a dire threat. testing missiles capable of hitting the u.s., and a hydrogen bomb some ten times more powerful than the bomb dropped on hiroshima. what will happen? diplomats have been working day and night on a joint statement. in reality the answer depends on two men who relish their own unpredictability. >> there are only two people
that can make decisions of this magnitude, and those two are going to be sitting in a room together. >> jon karl with us tonight in singapore. as we're on the air for the west. jon, we know both leaders are on their way to the summit. jon, we know there will be two meetings. kim jong-un and president trump face-to-face, no advisers in the room, just their interpreters. >> just the two men, david. there have been days of meetings leading up to this with senior advic advisers to both leaders. the president himself has been tweeting this morning tweeted a short while ago there have been lots of other meetings with staff and representatives. the president said they have been going well. he says in the end that doesn't matter. we'll know soon whether or not a real deal unlike those in the past can happen. it will come down to those two leaders. minutes ago he tweeted lashing out at the haters and losers who doubted him on all this suggesting he'll prove them wrong. >> jon karl, we'll be watching this together tonight.
many people say the victory for kim jong-un is standing on the same stage as the president of the united states. he gets that stage now after a brutal reign. the surveillance seen around the world, you're about to see it right here. who is the man about to sit across from president trump? >> reporter: he is the 34-year-old leader of north korea. kim jong-un. his official birth date has never been confirmed. his grandfather was north korea's founder known as the great leader. his father kim jong il power when his grandfather died. known for his dress, right down to his platform shoes, and his pursuit of nuclear weapons. when his father died of a heart attack at 70 from what the north koreans said was over work, it was his youngest son kim jong-un who would take over. kim jong-un has proven to be ruthless. he has tested more missiles than his father and grandfather combined.
he's conducted four nuclear tests. just last september he tested what was believed to be a hydrogen bomb. much larger than the bomb dropped on hiroshima. known to the north koreans as the supreme leader the world got its first glimpse of kim jong-un at his father's funeral in 2011. he was one of the pallbearers walking alongs casket, crying at his father's wake. it is said that his father loved his fearlessness shown when he was just a boy. as north korea's leader he has demonstrated he's willing to kill to keep his power. publicly arresting and executing his own uncle, once a trusted adviser, but he feared his uncle was planning a coup. it's believe he was also behind the assassination of his own half brother once thought to be the original heir to the kim din ci dynasty.
surveillance footage show two women smearing a deadly nerve agent on his face here, asking for help in the moments after. he was dead within minutes. it's thought he has killed more than 140 senior officials to keep his grip on power. the north korean people have struggled with little food and black outs. this satellite image showing a dark nation when the sun goes down. that brutality reaching americans, too. 22-year-old american student otto warmbier was on a guided tour trip when he was accused of stealing a propaganda poster at his hotel in 2016. >> please! i've made the worst mistake of my life. >> reporter: sentenced to 15 years hard labor, he served 18 months before being released back to the u.s. in a coma, eventually dying from unexplained injuries. his parents tonight are still demanding answers. obedience is drilled into north koreans at a young age. they are taught songs praising their leader. there is propaganda everywhere. the military parades. the uniform marching. defectors tell stories of starvation and labor camps. last year this video of a north korean soldier trying to defect
in a demilitarized zone. surviving a hail of bullets as he crossed the border. there is little known about kim jong-un's personal life. educated in switzerland as a boy, he loves western movies and basketball. he later became friends with dennis rodman. he is married and it is believed he has three children. his wife is more of a public figure in north korea. in a rare change she is now called respected first lady. just this year kim jong-un and his unexpected olive branch to south korea meeting with president moon at the dmz it was kim jong-un who suggested south korea's leader should walk into the north. then he did the same. now he's set to walk up to president trump for the face-to-face meeting. the north korean dictator set to sit down with president trump a short time from now. we're learning more about kim jong-un's younger sister, kim yo-jong she arrived in singapore
on a separate plane for security reasons. this makes it very clear that sister is one of his closest advisers. she'll be here for the summit. as we said, anticipation has been building around the world for weeks. not in north korea where the state media revealed nothing about this summit until the past 24 hours. the state media reporting on their dear leader's meeting with the president. bob woodruff monitoring the reaction from the korean peninsula tonight. >> reporter: she's a familiar sight to north koreans, but the news unexpected. these carefully selected images of kim jong-un, waving, getting on that plane to singapore where he met the prime minister. people stopping to watch. the same images covering the state newspaper. until now, most in this isolated kingdom only aware their supreme leader planned to meet with the u.s. president, but not when or
where. now north korean state tv reporting the leaders will discuss a new relationship between their nations, even bringing up the future possibility of a denuclearized korean peninsula. in neighboring south korea they're following the summit closely. there is cautious optimism, this man we met at a peace march is wary. >> who can trust trump and kim jong-un? nobody can. >> you don't trust either of them? >> just hope. >> just hope? >> yeah. >> reporter: trump and south korea's president speaking over the phone ahead of the summit. the people on this peninsula waiting for the results of the historic talks. and if they will finally get some peace. david. >> bob woodruff back in seoul for us tonight. thanks to you. at the same time president trump is on a mission of peace, he's attacking america's closest allies. singling out canadian prime minister justin trudeau for pushing back on tough tariffs
the u.s. is now imposing and taking on all the g-7 countries for what the president sees as unfair trade. this picture taken during the summit and so many people are studying the body language. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha rad dats also here in singapore tonight. >> reporter: even as he was preparing to sit down with america's fiercest foe, president trump launched a new volley of attacks on our closest allies. "sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore," he tweeted. barely 48 hours ago the president was touting his ties to the g-7 countries. >> angela and emmanuel and justin, i would say the relationship is a ten. >> reporter: but things quickly turned dark, trump refusing to budge on his plans to impose stiff tariffs on aluminum and steel from canada and other allies. canadian prime minister justin trudeau vowing to retaliate with tariffs on american goods.
>> canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. >> reporter: the president went ballistic, calling trudeau "very dishonest and weak," refusing to sign the traditional g-7 statement of solidarity. his advisors going even further. >> there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. >> reporter: they accused trudeau of trying to undermine the north korea summit. >> potus is not going to let a canadian prime minister push him around. kim must not see american weakness. >> reporter: from canada, a measured response. >> canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations. >> reporter: and in germany,
chancellor angela merkel calling out trump's words as "sobering and a little depressing." >> martha raddatz back with us tonight in singapore. we heard from the president's chief economic advicer there, larry cut l larry kudlow. >> just moments ago president trump tweeting our great larry kudlow has just suffered a heart attack. he's in walter reed medical center. that's all we know david. >> we'll follow that throughout the evening. martha, thank you. >> stay right here for abc when president trump and kim jong-un meet for the first time. we'll break in live around 9:00 p.m. eastern. i'll be joining george, martha and the entire time a short time from now when history is made. we continue to severe weather at home.
in the plains and mississippi vall valley. a tornado watch in several states. this after flash flooding in the philly area. a difficult commute. extreme high fueling western wild fires. 2,000 homes evacuated in durango, colorado. in the pacific hurricane bud a category three with 120 mile an hour winds. rob marciano back tracking it all for us. rob? >> good evening. we have a severe weather threat tonight. tornados possible in des moines, lincoln, kansas city. back through oklahoma city as well. we're watching hurricane bud. now a category three storm. forecast to weaken as it gets to cabo san lucas. nonetheless it's our second major hurricane of the season. david. >> rob, thank you. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. >> the hostage stand off. the gunman barricaded inside the
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>> finally tonight, the historic summit a short time from now. how are president trump and kim jong-un preparing? take a look. >> reporter: as the world awaits this historic summit, the north korean dictator kim jong-un surrounded by his security team, just hours before the high stakes meeting, tak tak night walk, seeing the sights with his top deputies. surprised tourists catching a glimpse of the north korean dictator as he walks through this hotel lobby, then waving to the crowd. kim known all around the world as a ruthless dictator who has threatened nuclear world, now all smiles on the world stage. stopping to take this selfie and president trump tweeting all is going well. the surprise birthday cake a few days before his 72nd birthday blowing out the gold candle. tonight all eyes on singapore
and this most unlikely summit. president trump and kim jong-un, the president saying we'll soon know whether a real deal can happen. >> thank you for watching on a monday night. coming up in just a moment live coverage of the historic summit, 9:00 p.m. eastern. president trump and kim jong-un coming face-to-face. i'm david muir. we'll see you shortly and then right back here tomorrow night. good night. x xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxx
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>> this is the first summit between a sitting u.s. president and a north korean leader. let's go to this abc special report. this is an abc news special report. trup and kim, the historic summit. now reporting from singapore. good evening and welcome to a moment of history. we are live from singapore where president trump is about to become the first american president to meet with a dictator with north korea. if is a moment rich with opportunity and risk. success here could reduce the risk of nuclear war. that is where president trump