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to a uc santa cruz expansion. allen and i are back in just 30 minutes. ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: we are in singapore tonight for the historic summit between president trump and kim jong-un. will it pave the way for ridding the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons? we'll have extensive coverage, including the insights of a north korean defector. but first, the headlines in 60 seconds. this is a mission of peace. >> how long will it take to figure out whether they are serious? i said maybe in the first minute. >> kim jong-un out and about visiting sands casino resort. >> this was like the tour of >> this was like the tour of some kind of rock star. >> adding to the circus atmosphere... >> dennis rodman here in singapore. >> now he wants credit for the summit. >> i just happen to be part of it.
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i think i brought awareness to a lot of things around the world. >> president trump sits down with his long-time enemy. he is hurling insults at some of america's closest allies. >> there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump. >> an orlando police officer shot and four children are held hostage. >> the standoff still going on. >> a wildfire in colorado... >> doubles in size. >> thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. >> glor: good evening from singapore. >> the this is tuesday morning here, and this island nation in southeast asia is at the center of the world's attention. the summit is just minutes away. this is president trump heading to the capella hotel in singapore's island for the historic twice face meeting with north korea's kim jong-un.
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this is kim's motorcade heading to the hotel as well, the first meeting ever between a sitting president of the united states and a leader of north korea. the states, stakes could not be higher, for united states nothing less than ending the north korean nuclear threat, what has been called the worst problem on earth. the president sees himself the president, who sees himself as a "master deal maker," is looking to make the biggest deal of his life here. and to his critics, mr. trump tweeted: "we have our hostages, missile launches have stopped, we will be fine." >> we are going to bring in major garrett now to talk about this summit, which is just minutes away and the president's major is active and online. >> and everything is in place, jeff, and the president is highly personalized his involvement saying nothing matters at the staff level, only his interaction with kim jong-un, writing just a few hours on twitter we will soon know whether a real deal unlike those in the past can happen. >> president trump arrived in
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singapore poised to make history at today's summit with north korean leader kim jong-un. mr. trump met with singapore's prime minister before retreating to his hotel for more preparation. >> president trump is going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude, an eagerness for real progress. >> reporter: north korea's kim jong-un spent the hours before the summit playing tourist, his trip to singapore is the furthest he's traveled since taking power in 2011. officials from both countries have been laying the groundwork for the two leaders' discussions. the u.s. is looking for a verifiable dismantling of north korea's nuclear weapons program. mr. trump is not expected to address the north korean dictator's human rights record. in return, the trump administration may offer kim sanctions relief and security assurances. >> president trump recognizes chairman kim's desire for security and is prepared to ensure that a north korea, free of weapons of mass destruction, is also a secure north korea.
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>> reporter: the summit has drawn thousands of journalists and international observers. former n.b.a. star dennis rodman, who has developed a friendship with kim, arrived today. >> every time i see him, it's always a surprise, so maybe tomorrow it's the same thing. >> reporter: the summit will begin with a handshake followed by 45 minutes of one-on-one talks with only interpreters present. then a meeting with advisers and a working lunch. both leaders will depart afterward, for the president, more than half a day earlier than anticipated. that's sentosa island, site of this never-before-seen summit, president trump, kim jong-un. it happens after a rocky meeting in canada with long standing u.s. allies. here trying to make peace with a long-time adversary. over the weekend the president clashed with leaders at the g-7 summit, all long-time u.s. allies over trade and tariffs. canadian prime minister justin trudeau. >> canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. >> reporter: peter navarro, a
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top trump trade official called trudeau's comment, made after the president departed, "an outrage." >> there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump. >> glor: strong words from peter navarro. how much the impact the g-7 has on this. >> the secretary of state mike pompeo trying to make the best of a tough situation, says, look, all it proves is that president trump will fight hard for u.s. interests with friends and fight even hard we are adversaries, quite clearly north korea despite all of this pomp and circumstance still an adversary, denuclearization the big goal. >> what a moment here, major. the summit just a few minutes away. we will be back to major in just a moment, but during his nighttime stroll here, kim jong-un said he was impressed by singapore's
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economic develop and hoped he could learn from it. kim has ruled north korea for nearly seven years now, yet he remains a mystery man in the west. ben tracy has more on this. >> reporter: at about 9:00 last night, kim jong-un's motorcade suddenly left the st. regis hotel. minutes later he arrived at one of this city's most famous tourist spots, the gardens by the bay. singapore's foreign minister posted this selfie with the north korean leader inside what's known as "the flower dome." later, kim jong-un was then spotted walking on a bridge near the water, smiling and taking even more photos. for the first time, north korean state tv announced details of kim jong-un's trip to singapore, describing the summit as "historic" and said kim would be "exchanging wide-ranging and profound views." citizens in the north korean capital watched the coverage on a big screen tv and read it on the front page of newspapers. but he wasn't the only one causing a medi theysed hidownhe street.
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kim jong-un, who is believed to be just 34 years old, took over from his father in 2011. since then, he's launched nearly 100 missiles, and conducted north korea's most powerful nuclear tests. he has convinced the north korean people that nuclear weapons are the only savior from an invasion by the united states. but kim, who was educated in switzerland, has also promised to transform north korea's economy and the lives of its people. we were in pyongyang last year when the north korean leader unveiled an entire new block of modern high-rises in the capital. and his message to america is, "your sanctions don't work, we will keep building our buildings and our missiles." now the young dictator, condemned by the state department for egregious human rights violations, is trying to change his image. it's remarkable when you consider that less than three months ago kim jong-un had never
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met another world leader. since that time he has met with the presidents of china and south korea twice and is now going to sit down with the president of the united states. jeff? >> glor: yeah, ben, it is pretty remarkable, and in a remarkably short period of time, kim has gone from "little rocket man" in the president's eyes to "very honorable." major and ben, i will get your reactions to this in a moment, but first let's take a look back at the road to singapore. >> north korea is a big world problem. the era of strategic patience with the north korean regime has failed, and frankly that patience is over. >> reporter: the latest missile launch drew praise from north korean leader kim jong-un, who said through state media, "the test clearly proved the whole u.s. mainland is in firing range." >> they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. rocket man is on a suicide
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mission for himself and for his regime. >> reporter: kim called the president a "dotard" and "mentally deranged." >> reporter: but the rhetorical fire and fury stopped in january when kim jong-un offered to send north korean athletes to the february olympics in south korea. he's launched a diplomatic offensive, successfully getting both the president of south korea and the united states to agree to meet with him. >> president trump has agreed to a face-to-face meeting with north korean dictator kim jong- un. >> we'll see what happens. >> it was a border crossing 65 years in the making. >> it was a very important thing to be able to get these three great people out. there are certain conditions that we want, and i think we'll get those conditions. and if we don't, we don't have the meeting. >> reporter: in a letter to kim, mr. trump says a meeting at this time is inappropriate. >> i have decided to terminate the planned summit in singapore on june 12th. >> glor: the big story this friday afternoon, the summit with north korea is back on.
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>> we'll be meeting on june 12th in singapore. i think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on june 12th. >> glor: been, you've been in north korea, you were just there a couple of weeks ago. what are the north koreans looking for in this summit? >> reporter: well, jeff just by sitting down at the table, and jois is the recognition that the kim regime has long sought from recognition by a president of the united states. but more than that, if you take kim jong-un's word he really wants to build a real economy in north korea, change the lives of his people, he needs these sanctions to go away and for that to happen, he needs a better relationship with the united states, jeff. >> glor: all right, ben tracy, thank you very much, the major now to you, what does the white house want out of this. >> mike pompeo the secretary of state says the big letter is v for verify, how do you verify denuclearization? and the secretary of state bristled as suggestions
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president trump wasn't able to drive the bargain or the united states was not tech logically capable of te process, that's key for the u.s., verify what is on the to north korean agenda in terms of getting rid of its nuclear weapons. >> glor: they really pushed back on the technical issue. the president said he is the president says he is having this summit because kim has shown a willingness to denuclearize, but that is where it gets complicated, as major said. north korea is estimated to have about 100 sites suspected of developing weapons of mass destruction and enough material to make 25 to 30 nuclear d apons. so what would this process look like? here's "face the nation" moderator margaret brennan. ( explosion ) >> reporter: north korea staged the destruction of this nuclear sight last month for the cameras, but dismantling north korea's entire nuclear program begins with verifying what they actually have in their arsenal. u.s. intelligence wants inspectors to access roughly 100
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other sites, including yongbyon the nation's main atomic complex just 50 miles north of pyongyang. and this factory in chongsu near sue chinese border, suspected of producing nuclear material. david albright is a former weapons inspector. do you need to see weapons inspectors on the ground to believe any deal is real? >> the only way to know if north korea's representations are accurate is to verify them through on the ground presence. >> reporter: north korea granted such access as part of a clinton-era deal, but north korea kicked out the inspectors after the bush administration accused it of cheating. this time the trump administration wants to destroy the weapons itself with assistance from other countries. components would then be shipped to a research lab in tennessee. depending on how truthful kim jong-un is, that process could take anywhere from two to ten years. another challenge, monitoring north korea's nuclear scientists. how many people in north korea know how to build a nuclear weapon?
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>> there would be hundreds of people involved in the actual making of a nuclear weapon. they could steal documents that are highly classified. you have to work with those people to make sure that they're not encouraged to go out and sell their skills to others. >> reporter: so jeff, this isn't just about nuclear weapons. the u.s. also wants north korea m give up its nukes but to end its ballistic missile program ogd get rid of all their biological and chemical weapons. this is a very big ask. >> glor: it is indeed. margaret brennan, thanks. we will see you again for the special report coming up just a short time from now. coming up next on the "cbs thening news" from singapore, the president's skill as a deal maker is being put to the test. and later, a police officer is shot and a fil for hours. it's the big upgrade
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singapore. president trump wrote a book on deal making. and we know kim jong-un is aware of it. dennis rodman says he presented the book "the art of the deal" to a government official in north korea last year, so via lonnis rodman kim may have gotten a look inside the trump play book in advance. here's bianna golodryga. >> reporter: the singapore summit isn't exactly "thrilla in manila" but it's close, both in suoximity and buildup. so who will walk away with the better deal? while little is known of kim jong-un, in just seven years, the 30-something dictator has done what his father and grandfather before him couldn't g , rapidly advance its nuclear program, and now the ultimate niat, a meeting with the president of the united states. >> i think within the first minute i'll know. >> how? >> just my touch, my feel. >> reporter: the summit, reportedly a one-on-one meeting, is exactly where trump feels most comfortable. at he hates multilateral meetings.
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>> reporter: gwenda blair, author of "the trumps: three generations of builders and a president" says winning was ingrained into him from an early age. is it fair to say that donald trump views his life through the lens of a competition? >> totally. donald trump is an extremely competitive guy. >> reporter: he's been doing it since the 1980s. he painted a self-portrait in "the art of deal making," which led to a turn as a tv celebrity and ultimately a ticket to the white house. >> i'm going to give it my best. i'm a great deal maker. >> reporter: but the self- proclaimed "deal maker in chief" has so far proved to be more of a deal breaker, tearing up i'ternational deals, and coming a short on domestic policies. taxes with republicans in charge is his only big win so far. blair says the president is now looking for a diplomatic knock- out. ra i think there's going to be the world cameras are going to be focused on the handshake, and whether-- who leaves the imprint on the other guy's hand. w reporter: while millions of people will be watching for that
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akoto op, billions of lives have a stake in the outcome. ayd this is where the substance and details of any deal, arguably trump's most important yet, play a crucial role. and jeff, for a man who likes to use superlatives, this may be his boldest deal to date. >> glor: all right bianna, thank you very much. coming up next here, how the weather is making wildfires even tougher to fight.
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>> glor: back now from singapore, this is the st. regis hotel president arriving at the capella hotel as we start for the start of the summit we look inside north korea for the, through eyes of a defector, grace joe losts lost most of her family to famine, she says her father was killed by the state. her mother took the rest of the family first to china, then the u.s. we asked grace jo to take us back to her life in the north. what are your first memories? >> i was sitting on the side of the street because at the time we didn't have rice to eat. >> glor: like many north koreans her age, grace jo grew up hungry. >> i was just exhausted, tired, no energy. >> glor: in the mid-1990s, famine ravaged north korea. millions starved to death.
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grace says she ate, on average, one meal a week, usually rice, sometimes what they caught on the floor. your grandmother boiled mice, baby mice. >> yes. >> glor: that was first time... >> newborn mice. >> mason: that's the first time you'd eaten in how long? >> i don't even remember. >> glor: her father snuck into china to ask distant relatives for help, but on his return home, he was captured by north korean authorities and died in custody. what happened to the rest of your family? >> well, my grandmother, she passed away by starvation. my two younger brothers died by starvation. >> glor: one of her brothers died when grace was only seven. >> my mom's friend, who was supposed to be watching him, kicked him out on the street. >> mason: a five year old on the streets. >> yes. >> glor: and that continues to this day? >> yes. so... sorry.
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not only my family died, there are hundreds of families, they lost their family members. >> glor: but grace survived. once in china, her family applied for refugee status and resettled in the united states. she became a u.s. citizen in 2013. >> i would say my life completely changed after i came to america. >> glor: no longer that starving child, grace is now a student, dental assistant, and advocate. >> so i think that's called freedom. it is a very cherished thing for my family and for me. -- it is important perspective of the north koreans who suffered then and suffer still. that is the western edition of the "cbs evening news". we will be back in just a moment at the top of the hour with a cbs news special report on the opening of the summit. i am jeff glor in singapore, we will see you again soon. >>
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dictator, kim jong un. both leaders have arrived at the ingapore's sentosa is president donald trump is minutes away from a historic meeting with north korea's dictator kim jong un. both leaders have arrived at the summit site on singapore's sentosa island. >> it is tuesday morning in singapore and we expect to see the two leaders shake hands for the very first time, then go to a room for the summit with only their translators present. the expectation is that their initial meeting will last about 45 minutes. the north korean leader waved to crowds as he took a nighttime stroll ahead of the meeting. earlier in the day president trump met with singapore's president and expressed his optimism about the summit. >> in the final hours before the meeting president trump was tweeting about the haters and losers who say this summit is a major loss to the u.s. writing,
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"we have our hostages, testing, research and all missile launches have stopped. we will be fine." >> jeff glor is traveling with the president, as you saw, live in singapore. let's get the very latest. meantime, new at 6-- the state is getting ready to >> reporter: this is a cbs news special report. i'm jeff glor reporting from singapore. good evening to you in the states. it is tuesday morning here in singapore and a new day in relations between the united states and north korea. president trump and kim jong un have arrived at the capella hotel on the island of sentosa for their historic summit, the main goal here, to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons or at least start down that road. you are looking at a live picture of the

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