Final preparations under way for Trump-Kim summit

Final preparations under way for Trump-Kim summit

From there, the two leaders will head to a one-on-one meeting accompanied only by translators, then to a second bilateral meeting with more participants, and finally to a working lunch.

The historic first meeting between a sitting US president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

Such characteristic caution notwithstanding, the prospect of the summit is generating a great deal of interest among every day North Koreans.

In Singapore, the island city-state hosting the summit, the sense of anticipation was palpable, with people lining spotless streets Monday waving cell phones as Trump headed to meet Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They'll later allows their teams to join them.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

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

"The biggest nightmare for Japan is that Kim declares his intention to relinquish the intercontinental ballistic missiles that he quickly developed a year ago and Trump simply hails the offer as 'great, ' making no further demands", said Matake Kamiya, a professor of global politics at the National Defense Academy.

He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the meetings were "substantive and detailed" but there was no immediate word on what the outcome was.

"South Korea, China and Russian Federation may decide to lift their own sanctions but the regime would still be left in a tough situation, thanks to United Nations sanctions and independent sanctions by the USA and Japan", Kotani said.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

Not all US officials have joined Messrs.

What did North Korea say?

Mr Kim is staying at Singapore's five-star St Regis hotel, while Mr Trump is staying about half a mile away at the Shangri La.

But on the ground in Singapore, he maintained a surprising restraint in his public comments about the historic encounter he clearly hopes may define his presidency.

Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore
Image Kim Yo Jong also enjoyed a walkabout in Singapore

The process could turn on what Trump is willing to offer Kim for ending his pursuit of nuclear weapons and submitting to intrusive inspections.

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

In turn, as the cameras rolled at a farewell ceremony at the end of their first summit, Mr Kim held hands with the South's Mr Moon, for several minutes.

By prominently showing the Air China jet that flew Kim to Singapore, the reports also made no secret of China's important role behind the scenes.

Kim's chief of staff was spotted in Beijing last week after wrapping up talks with US officials in Singapore which had included security discussions.

Mr Trump's first year in office was marked by bitter exchanges with Mr Kim as North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of worldwide warnings.

However, Trump and his aides insist that a US-led "maximum pressure" campaign of the toughest-ever economic sanctions, diplomatic action and military threats is what has drawn Kim to the negotiating table.

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On the streets, Kim and Trump impersonators thrilled around 100 fans who paid $10 to take selfies at Bugis Junction mall at the weekend.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. "We now know they have a pretty good track record in these negotiations: a flawless track record of cheating every time".

Any nuclear deal would hinge on the North's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

In late April, 12 lanky male bodyguards made worldwide headlines after they surrounded Kim Jong Un's Mercedes-Benz vehicle and jogged alongside it whenever the North Korean leader moved across the border.

But Choi and Sung have since met five times at the demilitarised zone in South Korea in a whirlwind of diplomacy to get the historic meeting on track.

US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit
Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the USA leader. He said there are hundreds of experts in relevant fields working to make sure North Korea makes good on any promises.

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