President Trump, Kim Jong Un meet for historic summit in Singapore

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

Chosun Ilbo speculates that part of the reason North Korean officials only revealed that Kim left the country after he had returned is that Kim "at first seemed nervous that discontent in the unruly military or the Pyongyang elite could bubble over in his absence".

Kim toured Singapore's nightlife on Monday evening.

In his conference speech, he said North Korean leaders were driven by their desire to stay in power.

While the ultimately hoping to make progress on denuclearization, North Korea is reportedly looking to gain security assurances, something U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Monday the administration is open to giving them - under the right conditions.

The threat of a renewed bombing campaign, this time with nuclear weapons, is seen as a key justification for Pyongyang's own nuclear program.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said.

Trump would be very wise to indicate willingness to offer something in that direction, Perry said, but concessions should be made gradually, starting with a reversible step to establish a U.S. diplomatic presence working in another country's embassy.

Pompeo said these guarantees would be "different and unique" than America has been willing to provide before. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

Kim's bodyguards were also spotted running alongside the auto after he arrived in Singapore.

Trump on Monday forecast a "nice" outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view.

- North Korean and American delegations met at the Ritz Carlton., not once, but twice.

With just hours to go, there's little evidence that USA negotiators have managed to extract a commitment from North Korea to anything but an ambiguous commitment to denuclearization.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, Trump sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "we've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

Negotiators from the U.S. 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. It said the Singapore summit was being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment many people never expected to see, Kim said many of those watching would think it was a scene from a "science fiction movie".

His comments in the late afternoon dovetailed two rounds of talks between diplomats on both sides yesterday morning and in the afternoon to narrow down differences.

Discussions would focus on "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", KCNA said. Eventually, the United States defined success down, bent nonproliferation rules it shaped despite vociferous global opposition, and welcomed India in from the cold. The White House said that first meeting will be followed by an expanded meeting with their advisers as well as a working lunch. "The process could be doomed before it begins". USA officials have already established a contingency plan for a two-day summit should the two leaders agree to an immediate second-round of talks. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. He described it as a "get to know you plus" meeting.

The historic handshake between Trump and Kim is to occur Tuesday on the 12-hectare grounds of the luxurious Capella Hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

DPRK is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

"There are many issues to discuss, from denuclearization to worldwide assistance for North Korea", Darrell West, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said.

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