Trump, Pompeo Positive Ahead of NKorean Summit; Officials Meet to Close Differences

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The paper also published more than a dozen photographs of Kim, including ones of him shaking hands with North Korean and Singapore officials and posing by the Air China jet that he traveled in.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get US troops off the Korean Peninsula and eventually pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit.

A US ambassador to South Korea during the Obama administration, he led the advance talks with North Korea in the border village of Panmunjom. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, he told reporters, "is the only outcome that the United States will accept".

Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", Pompeo said.

Trump later accused the New York Times of quoting a senior White House official "who doesn't exist". The statement said Trump now plans to depart Singapore on Tuesday evening (around 8 p.m.) after giving a post-summit news conference, and not Wednesday morning as originally scheduled.

Details were not shared about how the discussions have progressed so far and Trump and Kim have yet to meet face-to-face. "I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast".

North Korean-US Summit
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The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the USA as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table. He implied to White House reporters last month during a background briefing that reinstating the summit after Trump canceled it would have been almost impossible.

Kim Hee-hyun, 30, believes Kim has reached the conclusion that denuclearisation will be beneficial for his own prospects, but was wary about the cost of reunification.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation on Monday, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

"We've had multiple deals with North Korea", said Green, who served as director of Asian affairs for the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. "They wouldn't do that unless they thought they were going to have a good experience".

North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

The president has said that he would be willing to guarantee the safety of Kim's regime - though it's not clear how he would back that up. Technically, the United States and North Korea remain in a state of war.

Not only have Korean Central TV, KCNA news agency and newspaper Rodong Sinmun published reports on the trip to Singapore, they have also told North Koreans the exact objective of the visit - to meet the president of the United States.

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