US says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early

In this handout provided by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore

In this handout provided by Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore

The president is accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - who has visited Pyongyang twice to prepare for the summit - and National Security Advisor John Bolton, a hardliner on dealing with North Korea.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit that has raised hopes of progress on the troubled Korean peninsula.

He insisted the United States would accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation.

"North Korea wants legitimacy, recognition, status; it wants to be treated as a full-fledged and legitimate state".

The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

Trump landed in Singapore a little after 8:30 p.m. local time for the highly-anticipated meeting with the North Korean leader, which is set to take place on Tuesday.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the USA and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path".

He would not be drawn on what might be on offer.

Kim also gets an "obvious and immediate win" by simply meeting with Trump, writes Joseph Yun, who was the top US diplomat on North Korea until March.

President Trump expressed confidence about his meeting upon his arrival in Singapore Sunday, telling reporters after stepping down from Air Force One that he his feeling "very good" about Tuesday's summit.

Trump, who is offering to reduce economic sanctions on North Korea in exchange for denuclearisation, also seemed to warn Kim that the summit is a "one-time opportunity" that should not be wasted.

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So you can only imagine how much Singapore is paying to have the North Korean leader and an entire army of bodyguards and government officials at the St. Regis.

What has North Korea said?

The North Korean leader has reportedly already invited Trump for a second summit in Pyongyang in July provided the first round of talks go well. "Chairman Kim thanked Prime Minister Lee for Singapore's hosting of the US-DPRK Summit", the document adds.

"Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me "old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat"?" he tweeted.

It's the "changed era" that is important. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim are both looking for political victories that will help them at home. "We have to get denuclearisation, we have to get something going".

Rodman has developed a relationship with Kim over the years, coming to call him "Marshall".

A defiant North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test in September 2017.

The clearest benchmarks about what the seeking from the summit, however, have come from Pompeo rather than Trump. It started with significant diplomatic overtures from North Korea towards South Korea during the Winter Olympics. In March, Mr Trump shocked the world by accepting an invitation from Mr Kim to meet in person.

But is he actually willing to give up his nuclear weapons and bring stability to a region where North Korea has always been a threat?

In response to the "dotard" insult, he took aim at the North Korean leader's physical dimensions. The question is what concessions he is willing to make, and whether he will stick to any promises made.

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