Trump arrives in Singapore ahead of historic North Korea summit

US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of scepticism

Back in North Korea, the running bodyguards always accompany any state vehicle Kim is travelling on and the same was evident during the inter-Korean summit. "But they just stopped right before they crossed that line".

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the summit in Quebec on the weekend. She said the United States delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials.

When the South Koreans visited Washington to relay the invitation in March, Trump accepted on the spot.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Mr. Trump and the entire USA team was looking forward to Tuesday's summit.

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.

Kim's summit with Trump has captured intense global attention after a turn to diplomacy in recent months after serious fears of war past year amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

But Trump said: "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding: "Sounds a little bit odd, but that's probably the easy part".

After North Korea carried out a series of long-range missile tests that potentially put the USA mainland in range of a nuclear strike, Trump promised to respond with "fire and fury". He can take that nation, with those great people, and truly make it great.

But the South's Winter Olympics in February catalyzed a flurry of diplomatic moves as Seoul's dovish leader, President Moon Jae-in, sought to bring the two sides together.

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Asked about a North Korean state media report that Trump and Kim were set to talk denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula, the official said the report is a hopeful indication. North Korea is a risky country.

Fifth, photo opportunities must be encouraged, not dismissed.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between [North Korea] and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.

First the nuts and bolts: How do you protect what many North Koreans consider their single most precious resource, the third member of the Kim family to rule and a direct descendant of North Korea's worshipped founder Kim Il Sung?

"But I've said it many times, who knows?" "So what I'm saying is, we could have an agreement".

"That's a flawless deal for North Korea. And then we'll find out later that, obviously, we didn't get there in terms of, you know, our goal, which is complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of their program".

Suzanne DiMaggio, director and senior fellow at New America, said a statement on denuclearization is the best that can be hoped for at this point.

The short answer might be that, despite his safety worries, Kim could end up getting much more out of this summit than he will have to give up.

The previous USA stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".

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