Yet the top U.S. 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 are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".
"I think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on June 12", Trump said at the time. They will be joined only by translators and will spend a couple of hours before admitting their close advisers to the meeting.
The White House says Trump will address the media on Tuesday following his summit with Kim and depart Singapore at approximately 8 P.M. The president had been expected to leave Singapore on Wednesday morning.
It's a dramatic departure for Trump, who kicked off 2018 bragging that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.
"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.
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German chancellors haven't previously interacted directly with lawmakers in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time.
Of this, half is on security, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday.
The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Despite the initial high stakes of a summit meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting. He credits his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign with getting Kim to the table.
The trip to Singapore - nearly 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) south of Pyongyang - represents Kim's farthest trip from home since taking power after his father's death in 2011.
But Pompeo has refused to answer reporters' questions about whether the two governments had reached agreement on how to define denuclearization, and how it might play out.
The country's youth unemployment rate stood at 10.7 percent in April and job-seeker Kim Tae-young - who has a bachelor's degree in engineering and new materials - said: "Frankly speaking, I have no particular feelings about the summit, but I just hope it would help ease uncertainties".
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As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears. Johnson was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville, Alabama, for 21 years.
Cho Sung-kwon, a 62-year-old pensioner, added: "It would be a good thing if we stop fighting".
Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.
Sentosa, where the meeting between Trump and Kim will be held, is a former British military fort and now, a tourist attraction with a Universal Studio theme park.
Kim smiled as he took a selfie with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the scenic waterfront Gardens by the Bay.
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The city-state's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Kim at Changi Airport, and the North Korean leader was driven into the center in a stretch limousine, accompanied by a convoy of more than 20 vehicles.