History is being made in Singapore Monday with the highly anticipated summit between the USA and North Korea. Tuesday's meeting will be the first time a serving U.S. president has sat down with the leader of North Korea, and comes just months after fears of conflict soared as the two traded personal insults and threats of war.
THEIR ENTOURAGESTrump is to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday while Kim has no official agenda. "We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!" Flanked by bodyguards, Kim also visited the Marina Bay Sands resort.
The relative speed with which the state media got the news of Kim's arrival in Singapore out to the North Korean public suggests a certain level of confidence that the meeting will go well - or at least well enough.
During the 7 decades that have passed since the end of the Korean War, there's been no single North Korea-U.S. summit. He says the U.S.is prepared to show North Korea that rather than denuclearization posing a threat to North Korea, it's "the opposite".
"Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its mass-destruction programs".
He added: "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase".
Pompeo also says Tuesday's meeting presents a test of Kim's willingness to agree to deal his nuclear weapons away for "protections" from the United States.
"The complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korea peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept". Previous reports had suggested Trump would leave on Wednesday.
Trump plans to brief reporters following the summit's conclusion, and will leave for the U.S. around 8pm local time (midnight NZT).
The North Korean delegation is staying at the five-star St. Regis hotel where the lobby has a cream-colored marble floor, chandeliers and large art works on the walls.
The officials are staying at the Shangri-La Hotel - also the temporary residence of President Trump and the US delegation during the summit.
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"We've got a very interesting meeting ... tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said.
Negotiators from the United States and North Korea met on and off Monday to iron out details ahead of the summit, largely ignoring throngs of reporters as they hopped between luxury hotels.
Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter". Their hotels are cordoned off with heavy security.
It is not known whether Trump will make any mention of Pyongyang's appalling human rights record or only lavish Kim with praise, something that critics have said plays into the leader's goal of using the summit to boost his own worldwide legitimacy.
"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting - we did not ask for it, but we were asked and we agreed - says something about Singapore's relations with the parties, with America, with North Korea, also our standing in the global community".
Kelsey Davenport, director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, said there were signs that the gaps between the two sides were narrowing.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Trump with "awareness". "The process could be doomed before it begins".
While there are hopes that concrete details will emerge from the summit, Trump and Pompeo have said that the new goal is making sure talks continue.
"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.
They also revealed who would be in the room for Tuesday's highly anticipated Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
Later, they would be joined by their respective negotiating teams for discussions that could last another hour.
It's the summit eve in Singapore.