Trump expresses optimism amid final Kim summit preparations

Trump expresses optimism amid final Kim summit preparations

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of Tuesday's summit with President Donald Trump.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected".

Kim is to meet Trump on Tuesday morning to discuss the future of his nuclear program.

Pompeo also said Tuesday's meeting presents a test of Kim's willingness to agree to deal his nuclear weapons away for "protections" from the United States.

Mr Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimise expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.

But when pressed by reporters, the secretary of state would not say whether or not that could include reduction of the number of or removal of USA troops in South Korea.

The statement offered after Tuesday's meeting will likely mention denuclearization, though it is unclear whether it will only be mentioned as a goal or whether it will appear with more concrete conditions.

And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed USA presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications. "The great risk is that Kim badly botches his meeting with Trump, other North Korean officials seem to be stalling, and the USA delegation gets the sense they are being taken advantage of".

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

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Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment". One man exclaimed, "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

While there will be "vigorous negotiations" on denuclearization, Trump said he believes Kim is "very talented" and will follow through on his pledge to disarm in exchange for economic assistance.

The fighting ended on July 27 1953 but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US-led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

Whatever the results, it will be one of the more unusual summits in recent history as a flamboyant, often erratic US president gets a close-up look at a hereditary socialist despot who sits on a nuclear weapons program. Heavy security and armed police were in place at summit-related venues across the city-state. U.S. presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed during a Western invention in 2011 after he had previously given up his country's nuclear deal in the early 2000s.

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. It did not include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the USA and North Korea.

Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Mr Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday.

China has played a role in North Korea's isolation after agreeing to global sanctions put in force by the United Nations, and has also been seen as keen to keep itself as the major diplomatic force influencing Pyongyang.

For his part, Kim hailed the "historic meeting" and said they "decided to leave the past behind".

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