Kim, Trump arrive in Singapore for landmark summit

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A TV screen shows newsreader Ri Chun-hee announcing the arrival of Kim Jong-un in Singapore, during an evening bulletin in Pyongyang.

On the summit's eve, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew a firm line, saying the USA plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

The talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.

"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World". "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were".

Trump has faced intense pressure to win something similar to this.

Asked about a North Korean state media report that Trump and Kim were set to talk denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula, the official said the report is a hopeful indication. 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.

But Mr. Trump noted that negotiations on denuclearization would take more time.

Trump in May briefly scrapped the summit with Kim, only to later reinstate the meeting after meeting withNorth Korea official Kim Yong Chol.

Probably. In fact, Trump has been doing quite a bit of this lately.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war previous year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

"President Trump believes that Kim Jong-un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country", added the secretary of state. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty. "The situation demands that all nations and peoples should go out to establish fair global relations", the paper says. The talks are expected to focus at least in part on an eventual deal to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program. The news covered the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the top - and only - item on the first news broadcast of the day on Korean Central Television, which for many North Koreans is the only channel available. As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage. "They see denuclearisation as a collective suicide (and they are probably right)".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Mr Trump with "awareness".

But a failure Tuesday doesn't necessarily mean a return to the animosity of 2017.

Yet the top USA diplomat added Trump is ready to offer "unique" guarantees to ease the regime's concerns about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride. "We'd start at least a dialogue", Trump told reporters as he departed the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada. "This circumstance in and of itself provides a new buffer against the prospect of military escalation in Korea that was not present at the end of 2017".