Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

The other carrot for Kim is a possible loosening of punishing UN Security Council sanctions but here too there is discord, with Washington saying sanctions can end only when denuclearisation is complete and Pyongyang wanting "phased" relief as they make progress towards that goal. "That would be rejected and Trump would walk out".

Another Pyongyang report quoting Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state, as telling leader Kim to achieve outstanding outcomes from the summit with the U.S. has also drawn attention.

The US president had told reporters in Canada that he "felt confident" about Tuesday's talks with Kim.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism given North Korea's long history of developing nuclear weapons.

"I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen".

In the lead up to the summit, North Korea rejected any unilateral nuclear disarmament, and KCNA's reference to denuclearisation of the peninsula has historically meant that Pyongyang wants the United States to remove its "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea and Japan.

President Donald Trump arrives in Singapore Sunday for a highly touted summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean leader has in recent months been trying to shift his image from reclusive tyrant to smiling statesman.

The meetings also served as a sort of ice breaker as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S.

Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually sees Kim give up his nuclear weapons, read the BBC report, adding that the USA wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified internationally.

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Meanwhile, U.S. and North Korean officials huddled at the Ritz-Carlton hotel Monday ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

"We continue to call on North Korea to completely, verifiably, and irreversibly dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles as well as its related programs and facilities", it said. Iran did not have nuclear weapons.

Trump himself seemed optimistic as well.

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

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if we walked out and everything was settled all of a sudden from sitting down for a couple of hours?"

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured vehicle. "No, I don't see that happening".

Trump arrived a few hours after Kim on Air Force One, directly from a tumultuous G7 summit in Quebec, which ended in a bitter personal exchange between the United States president and the host, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau. An invitation to visit Trump in October, coupled with a few interactions with the UN General Assembly could be most catalytic. Kim had his own harsh words, calling the president a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"If the summit becomes a success, the Singaporean efforts will go down in history", Kim said.

But then again, nothing about this summit is routine.

Choi's fiery outburst at Trump's national security advisor John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had a fortnight ago been blamed for Trump suddenly, and briefly, cancelling the summit.

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