Trump, Pompeo positive ahead of summit

Kim And Company Arrive In Singapore Via A Procession Of Chinese And North Korean Jets (Updated)

According to the South Korean media outlet, ahead of a historic summit in Singapore North Korean leader has invited US President Donald Trump to Pyongyang for the second round of summit in July.

Both sides also worked to finalize preparations for the unprecedented summit.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage.

Kim would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", it added.

Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the North, while Pyongyang has so far only made public pledges of its commitment to the denuclearisation of the peninsula - a term open to wide interpretation - while seeking security guarantees in return.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the President, Secretary of State, White House Chief of Staff, and National Security Adviser have arrived in Singapore for the June 12 summit.

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Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain skeptical Kim will ever completely abandon its cherished nuclear weapons. Again accusing the longtime United States ally of unfair trade practices, Trump added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on Tuesday. He described it as a "get to know you plus" meeting.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

People crowded around poster stands at subway stations around the capital to read the news and gathered at noon in front of the city's main train station to watch a big screen display of images of Kim getting off the special Air China flight that took him to Singapore. Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

Kim had arrived hours earlier in a plane loaned by China, which for decades has been North Korea's only major ally.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get USA troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

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