Trump to depart from Singapore one day early

Trump to depart from Singapore one day early

Trump to depart from Singapore one day early

Taking to his Twitter handle, Trump said he was looking forward to meet Kim and added that the summit would be good for both the world peace and dictatorship.

"We don't know. Kim might also want security assurances from China, Russia, and the United Nations Security Council", Kovrig said.

"Tomorrow we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Chairman Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision", Pompeo said.

Alan Heng, 55, hung around with his brother near the hotel, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive North Korean leader while enjoying the electric atmosphere.

Washington is demanding the North give up its weapons in complete, verifiable and irreversible way (CVID), while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of a commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula-a term open to wide interpretation.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore where he will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo, who has twice met Kim, insisted Monday that Trump is fully prepared for his meeting with the North Korean leader.

The summit, the first ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, is a moment that Trump has had in mind for at least a year.

"When I woke up this morning I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected Marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Han Il Gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion when speaking to an Associated Press Television crew. But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations.

Pompeo has not said if Trump would consider withdrawing almost 28,000 USA troops from the Korean Peninsula.

Moon earlier in the day said he expected the DPRK-U.S. summit will become a "historic milestone on the path towards peace".

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter".

About 5,000 journalists are in Singapore for the occasion, but only a handful of American and North Korean reporters and photographers will be permitted at the venue when the two leaders greet each other. The White House said Trump will address reporters on Tuesday before flying back to the US. "For the time being we can not be optimistic about the United States' behaviour, and the government of North Korea must approach this issue with absolute vigilance", he added.

Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved.

Soon after touching down in the city, Kim met Singapore's Prime Minister, who has spent $15 million (20 million Singapore dollars) to host the summit.

The portable toilet was among a number of items that Kim packed for the historic meeting as part of a tightly planned visit, according to The Chosunilbo, one of South Korea's largest circulated newspapers. But on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

But 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 United States invasion.

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