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U.S. to offer N Korea ‘unique’ security guarantee after denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

U.S. to offer N Korea ‘unique’ security guarantee after denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

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. 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. Their hotels, less than a kilometre (mile) apart, are cordoned off with heavy security.

A picture shared by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan, showing US President Donald Trump with a cake in the picture.

The Clinton-era negotiations produced a deal under which Kim's father Kim Jong-il agreed to give up a nuclear programme in return for energy supplied from overseas. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check. On May 30, Pompeo met with North Korean spy chief Kim Yong-chol in NY; their discussion concluded two hours earlier than expected, as Kim refused to make any commitment whatsoever on denuclearization, according to the Washington Post.

Earlier today, Trump met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana house. The outlet also listed the individuals accompanying Kim to Singapore, including Kim Yong-chol, the US -designated terrorist whom Kim sent to the White House two weeks ago, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister, who made headlines attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He left early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the traditional group statement.

The caption said: "Celebrating birthday, a bit early". The U.S. president turns 72 on June 14.

Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group's traditional closing statement.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

"It was possible that we got to this point thanks to President Trump and Chairman Kim's bold decisions".

Moon has expressed hope that the summit will lead to a three-way declaration also including Seoul to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

People crowded around poster stands at train stations around the capital, Pyongyang, to read the news, and gathered at noon on Monday in front of the city's main train station to watch a large screen display of images of Kim disembarking from the special Air China flight that took him to Singapore.




North Korea should be asked to rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which it left in 1994, and should be obliged to join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, even though the United States is not itself a member, he said.

"I'm very optimistic we will have a successful outcome with the two leaders", he said. He has also raised the possibility of further summits. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

Trump, after meeting recently with a North Korean envoy at the White House, said the summit will likely be part of "a process".

But even before then, Trump and Kim could emerge from their meetings on Tuesday declaring a second day of meetings.

Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Lee.

The upper floors have suites at more than S$5,000 a night and the Presidential Suite, at about S$9,000 a night, according to the hotel's web site. The official was not authorized to comment publicly about on internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

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

Commuters read news of Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, at a train station in Pyongyang.

Both sides also worked to finalize preparations for the unprecedented summit.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.


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