White House says Trump plans early summit departure

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

Trump-Kim summit: US president will leave early as talks 'moving rapidly'

U.S. president Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un, after declaring that nuclear talks with North Korea have moved "more quickly than expected".

United States president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have arrived in Singapore ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history.

But for Trump, even if Kim submits to an open-ended, unverified commitment to "complete denuclearization", it'll become apparent sooner or later that it was North Korea that ended up getting the better end of the deal - and that's even before we get to other topics on the U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of Tuesday's summit with President Donald Trump.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", he said.

During the lunch, Trump said he thinks "things can work out very nicely" in Tuesday's meeting.

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The North Korean despot is now making a rare public appearance ahead of tomorrow's summit with Donald Trump, touring Singapore's lovely waterfront tourist sites this evening.

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's meeting appeared aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since Sung Kim's earlier talks did little to narrow a gap between the two sides on the definition of denuclearisation or win agreement on tangible commitments from Pyongyang toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

Highly unusually, North Korea's state-run media are already reporting on Mr Kim's trip to Singapore to meet Mr Trump.

Similar scenes were seen on Sunday when Kim and Trump arrived in the city, and when Kim went to meet Lee.

He said previous American administrations have been fooled by North Korea but the Trump Administration has got experts on non-proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction on the ground to verify Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearise.

Totalitarian North Korea's governing ideology of "Juche", which champions self-sufficiency, has brought little but decades of economic stagnation, widespread poverty and, at times, starvation. USA officials scheduled to take part in Tuesday's expanded meeting will include Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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Acknowledging the wide strategic and ideological divisions between the United States and the DPRK, Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan National University, said, "My expectation is that the summit will result in some small improvements, and then lead to a process that takes six months or a year". The Trump administration also needs to work with the global community as there are sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

However, he added, since United States has a long history of broken promises of worldwide treaties, we believe that the North Korean government should be cautious of USA repetitive failures to fulfill its obligations and pledges.

Trump also called the leaders of South Korea and Japan in advance of the summit, Pompeo said.

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he says his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Prime Minister Lee wished Kim a success for the summit and expressed hope that the US-North Korea meeting will advance the prospects for peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the larger region. One man exclaimed, "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health". The US may also look for North Korea to declare the existence and location of all the elements of its nuclear program.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

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