Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including a plan for the leaders to kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a USA official said.
Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged Trump to seek "the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korean political prison camps - mimicking the formulation used by the United States in its demand for that nation's denuclearization.
Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the USA seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).
It also has two presidential suites, so Trump and Kim won't have to duke it out over who gets the big room.
It is also unclear whether USA officials will raise human rights issues in meetings with the North Koreans.
"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of the Korea peninsula is only outcome that the United States will accept", declared Pompeo.
"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter", he said.
In March, Trump accepted on the spot an invitation by Kim to meet in person, without preconditions, setting the stage for Tuesday's historic event.
That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders.
Kim is due to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong later on Sunday, Singapore's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch.
An American president and a North Korean dictator are meeting for the first time.
Trump patted Kim on the back and later placed his hand on the North Korean's shoulder as they walked into one-on-one talks.
He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit.
North Korea once enjoyed two sponsors, China and the Soviet Union.
It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.
He said about half of the cost is for security. Since then, he's launched almost 100 missiles and conducted North Korea's most powerful nuclear tests.