Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Trump, Pompeo Positive Ahead of NKorean Summit; Officials Meet to Close Differences

Trump, Pompeo Positive Ahead of NKorean Summit; Officials Meet to Close Differences

Nestled off the south coast of Singapore, the resort island of Sentosa will serve as the picturesque backdrop to one of the most highly-anticipated diplomatic events in a decade, as President Donald Trump becomes the first sitting US president to meet with a North Korean leader at Tuesday's summit with Kim Jong Un.

In a September 2017 speech in front of the United Nations, President Trump referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea", which earned a rare rebuke directly from Kim describing the president as a "frightened dog" and "mentally deranged US dotard".

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

The fighting ended on 27 July, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.

"I think things could work out very nicely", Trump said in a Tuesday meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Kim's itinerary was reported in detail, which is a rarity for the state's media, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Again accusing the longtime USA ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT), simultaneously entering the negotiation room via different doors. The talks are expected to be devoted to the future of Pyongyang's nuclear program and the lifting of economic sanctions.

Laboriously negotiated past nuclear deals, considered breakthroughs at the time, broke down on North Korea's extreme sensitivity to allowing in outsiders to look at whether they're dismantling their nuclear facilities, many of which are thought to be hidden. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour- joined only by translators.

"While a summit between Trump and Kim would be historic, it is unlikely to be decisive".

Trump made the comments sitting next to Kim minutes after the two leaders shook hands for the first time, images that were broadcast worldwide.

Trump and Kim may well end up branding tomorrow's summit a success. Four of the nation's six nuclear tests have taken place since Kim took power in 2011. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

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