Pompeo says USA is willing to 'make security assurances' to North Korea

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"I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people", Trump said at a press conference in Canada before departing the G-7 summit for Singapore.

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". It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the USA mainland.

North Korea also conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September, which Pyongyang said was a successful hydrogen bomb detonation.

When asked upon landing in Singapore how he was feeling about the encounter, Trump gave a brief answer: "Very good".

Ponsei University's John Delury told Singapore broadcaster AsiaNews that Trump was a disruptive force in traditional diplomacy but his tactics of a one-on-one meeting could work.

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China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

"I think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on June 12", Trump said at the time. As a master dealmaker, he'll just know. They didn't go further.

During his preparation period, Trump continued on Monday to publicly brawl on Twitter with United States allies over trade.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted USA -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

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When the South Koreans visited Washington to relay the invitation in March, Trump accepted on the spot. Kim has led the US team at the demilitarized zone working on a joint communique with North Korea.

Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.

The stakes for U.S. President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are considerably higher.

The truest measure of the success of the Singapore Dialogue will be an agreement by Trump and Kim to meet again in the near future. Any deal would likely depend on North Korea's willingness to open its facilities for inspection. "Anyone involved in rallies would be arrested", said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event today.

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Victor Cha, top North Korea expert in the George W. Bush administration who Trump considered for South Korea ambassador, said a worst-case scenario would be that Trump puts everything on the table, prompting Kim to either balk - leading to Trump giving up - or make a vague proclamation of denuclearizing - leading to Trump declaring victory.

Fifth, photo opportunities must be encouraged, not dismissed.

"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong Un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the United States and his safe return", the KCNA said.

A more middle-of-the-road result could be for statements about denuclearization followed by more high-level negotiations. Getting Pyongyang to swear off its nuclear ambitions is certainly a central prerequisite and condition of North Korea's impending return to the world order, never mind the summit. The president has appointed his daughter Ivanka as an assistant and her husband Jared Kushner is a close adviser, while his son Donald Jr was part of his election campaign.

"That's a flawless deal for North Korea". And then they can drag this out.

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Trump and others in his government have said advancement has been made on obtaining a commitment from Kim to give up all his nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.