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Trump And Kim Arrive In Singapore For Unprecedented Summit

Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for what will be the first-ever summit, set to held on Tuesday (June 12), between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president. But that could lead to a situation similar to previous failed agreements where North Korea dragged out its end of the deal for years before reneging.

"I have little expectation from the summit", he said. "It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done", he explained. But, death grip handshakes aside, Trump has so far been gushingly polite in his dealings with Asian leaders. Otherwise, the relationship between the two countries could quickly become fraught with frustration and misunderstandings.

Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the worldwide stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things. "Denuclearization will not happen overnight, but a summit could get the ball rolling on both sides".

The invitation was made in a hand-written letter that was delivered to Trump at the White House by North Korean emissary Kim Yong Chol, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported.

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Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the US 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". Trump is expected to hold talks with Lee on Monday.

'The U.S. president and vice president don't generally travel on the same plane, ' he said.

North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the Demilitarized Zone.

Kim is scheduled to meet Trump at 9am local time on Tuesday in what will be the first ever meeting between leaders of America and North Korea.

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In a letter on Monday, Senate Democrats outlined how they believe Trump should handle negotiations with Pyongyang, saying any deal should require that North Korea give up its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. Pyongyang has demonstrated willingness to pursue these options in recent weeks, inviting journalists to witness the demolition of a nuclear testing site and destroying missile launch stands.

Should such shade be thrown, Hankuk University's Edge says it's unlikely Kim's interpreters would translate it literally.

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. These are Washington's two goals, and this is what it will be looking for. I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity.

"Given that not too long ago Trump and Kim were trading threats and threatening war, that would certainly qualify as a success of sorts", Kugelman added.

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Kim is now scheduled to leave Singapore around 2pm on Tuesday with Trump departing on Wednesday morning. Before leaving for the ill-fated G7 Summit, Trump had underlined his resolve vis-à-vis a productive meeting with Kim by stating that the summit would be "much more than a photo-op".

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