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

The broad agreement was light on specifics, largely reiterating previous public statements and past commitments. -North Korea contact. In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers are slated to be in any U.S. "The 'plus" refers to discussions on ending the Korean War".

News photographers captured photos of the broad, two-page agreement, which was not immediately released by the White House. But Moon has to be present when and if such a document is signed.

The first-ever talks between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader will take place in the Capella Hotel located on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism.

"We'll probably need another summit", Trump said during the news conference that lasted more than an hour.

Trump's lashing out at the European Union and Trudeau - who Trump's advisers said had stabbed him in the back - comes after he has repeatedly praised Kim.

That's according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is briefing reporters in Singapore.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting USA president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom also said Monday that Moon has no plans yet to speak with Trump after the meeting.

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

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

As the summit wrapped up, administration officials said they gave Kim and his aides a film outlining the choices facing North Korea.

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un spent Monday huddling with advisers in luxury Singapore hotels less than half a mile apart, readying for a nuclear summit that could define the fate of millions, and their own political futures. Kim has been accused of horrific rights abuses against his people.

Kim Jong-un's bodyguards are some of the fittest in the business. White-uniformed U.S. Navy members are perched on pearl-colored couches. Heavy security and armed police were in place at summit-related venues across the city-state.

Trump had nicer things to say about Kim than about some of the western allies he met with over the weekend at the G-7 summit in Canada, particularly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of a year ago, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard". The US may also look for North Korea to declare the existence and location of all the elements of its nuclear program.

The summit would set the framework for "the hard work that will follow", Mr Pompeo said, insisting that North Korea had to move toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Pompeo said these guarantees would be "different and unique" than America has been willing to provide before.

"I hope that a major agreement on ending hostile relations (between USA and North Korea) and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is reached through this time's summit", Moon said. "And the United States at the same time will achieve the dismantlement of the North's intercontinental ballistic missiles".




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