Pompeo says North Korea could get ‘unique’ security guarantees

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Whether such a deal can be done, Trump declared on Saturday, is something he will know nearly from the moment they meet. But on the ground in Singapore, he maintained a surprising restraint in his public comments about the historic encounter he clearly hopes may define his presidency.

Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit. Haenle served as the White House representative at negotiations with North Korea under U.S. President George W. Bush, and as a national security advisor in the Obama administration.

In a statement, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said "The president is well-prepared for tomorrow's engagement with Chairman Kim". Both leaders were greeted on arrival by Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Trump on Monday forecast a "nice" outcome, while Kim spent the day out of view. Ambassador Kim arrived with one advisor, past a scrum of television cameras.

Despite this emphasis on first impressions, Trump began the Singapore summit by signaling to Kim that he's the kind of guy who refuses to put his phone down during dinner, and can't stop talking about his ex.

The summit has been portrayed as a "get to know you" meeting.

Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the worldwide stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things.

It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes. For starters, we need to be realistic about what "success" means.

Why only potentially? That's because these two world leaders are not, strictly speaking, known to be very diplomatic - that is to say that they are in no manner of speaking, known to be very diplomatic at all.

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Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday.

But the spectacle was absorbing.

Security was also tight outside the Shangri La Hotel, where Trump is expected to stay.

Curious onlookers wait for the departure of Donald Trump's motorcade from Singapore's presidential palace.

Singaporean security guards outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, where North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is staying.

Trump has returned to his hotel after meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

Yellow barricades line the roads on Sentosa island.

As far as we know, his despot father only traveled out of the country by train, and rarely at that, because of fears of assassination.

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"This is a leader who is really an unknown personality", Trump said.

Last year it carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, sending tensions soaring to a level unseen in years as a newly-elected Trump traded threats of war and colorful personal insults with Kim, with Trump dubbed a "dotard" and Kim "Little Rocket Man".

Kim Jong Un has an option neither China or the USA can employ - the long game.

"He is going to make a basic assessment.is this guy serious or is, as some people think, this all a ruse and a North Korean deception?"

He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated". In subsequent years, the US and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North.

A report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the summit would feature "wide-ranging and profound talks" and was being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

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