Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

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Of course, inside the hotel and around Sentosa, the advanced party and specialist security teams from North Korea and the US will be sweeping the location ahead of the arrivals of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. Volatility and the Trump-Kim pairing go together like joint statements and the phrase "constructive talks". The leaders are spending the night at hotels about a half-mile apart in the upscale shopping area in Tanglin.

The world is crossing its fingers.

"I don't think I have to prepare very much", Trump said bluntly during a press conference Thursday.

The June 12 Singapore summit promises to build on the unfolding rapprochement between the USA and North Korea.

Trump and other top USA officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement. It also successfully tested missiles that had enough range to reach the U.S. mainland. Cha told TIME last month that he did not expect a comprehensive deal to be reached but Trump "never has a bad meeting".

Kim used his New Year's address to suggest a diplomatic opening - sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

"I think the North will denuclearise. because it knows it has no other alternatives", he said. "They wouldn't do that unless they thought they were going to have a good experience".

Whether such a deal can be done, Trump declared on Saturday, is something he will know nearly from the moment they meet.

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 U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

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On June 9, the day before Kim embarked on the 3,000-mile journey to Singapore from Pyongyang - the farthest he's traveled since taking the helm as leader of North Korea - state media published reports about Kim's visit to a newly opened seafood restaurant.

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit.

Just meeting with Mr Trump will also give Mr Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader.

On the streets, Kim and Trump impersonators thrilled around 100 fans who paid $10 to take selfies at Bugis Junction mall at the weekend. I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity. "Anyone involved in rallies would be arrested", said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Trump and his entourage met the Singaporean prime minister for lunch on Monday.

What would be a successful or unsuccessful summit depends on who's asked. 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.

Even after touching down in Singapore, it was clear that the trade disputes with United States allies in Quebec continued to rankle Trump. North Korea does not have a problem with coming to an agreement.

Dynastic descent from Kim Il Sung is the basis for Kim's personal legitimacy - Pyongyang's propaganda promotes the similarities between them in looks, mannerisms and even handwriting. And then they can drag this out.

North Korea possesses nuclear weapons and long-range missiles believed to be capable of hitting anywhere in the U.S. "I don't envy the translators at the summit, because they are going to have to make split-second decisions".

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