It is a One-time Opportunity, Says Trump on Summit With Kim

It is a One-time Opportunity, Says Trump on Summit With Kim

It is a One-time Opportunity, Says Trump on Summit With Kim

"People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very unsafe problem for the world", Trump said.

The pledge on denuclearization did not include the US demands for a "complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs, she pointed out.

The Secretary added that if diplomatic efforts fail, then pressure on Pyongyang will increase.

The White House revealed details Monday morning of Tuesday's planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, including who will be in the room for the historic talks.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as the summit and the recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula.

At the nearby St. Regis hotel, where Kim Jong Un and his delegation are staying, a growing crowd formed during the evening as word got around that the North Korean leader would be coming out to go on a nighttime mini-city tour of Singapore.

Kim also met Lee on Sunday, after arriving in Singapore.

Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Mr Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday.

Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".

A report by the Korea Central News Agency said the summit would have "wide-ranging and profound talks" and noted that it is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world". As they entered, Trump injected some levity to the day's extraordinary events, saying: "Getting a good picture everybody?"

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This is the furthest a reigning North Korean President has ever travelled from Pyongyang in the country's history, and it appears Mr Kim used the opportunity to take in some of the sights. Pyongyang is demanding as yet unspecified security guarantees and the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, and has not made clear what concessions it is offering over the nuclear arsenal it calls its "treasured sword" to defend against a USA invasion.

Trump had nicer things to say about Kim than about some of the western allies he met with over the weekend at the G-7 summit in Canada, particularly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump expressed optimism about Tuesday's meeting during a working lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng) and aides to both leaders.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

"Given that not too long ago Trump and Kim were trading threats and threatening war, that would certainly qualify as a success of sorts", Kugelman added.

Mr Pompeo added that the United States was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearisation "is not something that ends badly for them".

The senior official said Seoul could have chose to go ahead with a visit at "the very last minute", but reiterated the Moon administration would not rush the signing of a peace treaty.

For the USA, the Singapore summit comes on the heels of Trump's controversial G-7 appearance, where he butted heads with key US allies.

For his part, Kim hailed the "historic meeting" and said they "decided to leave the past behind". 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.

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