South Korean president hopes for 'major agreement' at US-N.Korea summit

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President Donald Trump says he thinks "things can work out very nicely" with North Korea on the eve of his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.

The public will quickly find out how Trump viewed the summit. There was a past that grabbed our ankles and wrong prejudices and practices that at times covered our eyes and ears.

Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment that many people never expected to ever see, Kim remarked that many of those watching "will think of this as a scene from a fantasy. science fiction movie".

Trump said June 9 that he expects to know "within the first minute" of their meeting if Kim is serious about giving up his weapons.

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

After the leaders shake hands for the first time on camera, they'll begin the summit with a one-on-one meeting with only their translators, according to a senior Trump administration official. Kim has been accused of horrific rights abuses against his people.

And the Trump and Kim impersonators who captured media attention at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February turned up in Singapore for an event where fans could take selfies with them for a price. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the preparatory talks had been moving rapidly but played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough.

"One of my worries is that we come out of this Singapore summit with something that looks remarkably like the Six Party Talks or anything that the president has previously criticised but it is hyped as something that's historic and new and groundbreaking", he added. Both Clinton- and Bush-era agreements called for the United States and North Korea to take steps to normalize relations with each other.

A U.S. official said on Monday that Mr Trump and Mr Kim will first meet one on one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours before they open the meeting to their respective advisers. Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a selfie of him and a smiling Kim wearing his trademark dark Mao suit. In the past, North Korea has said it requires the U.S.to pull back its own nuclear weapons systems in the region, as well as withdraw American troops from South Korea.

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He is one of the few westerners to have met the North Korean leader on visits to the capital city Pyongyang. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials.

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

"Trump and Kim both need a "gift" to bring home", Boo said.

Discussions would focus on "the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern", KCNA said.

"I can only say this, " Pompeo said.

"We will have to provide security assurances, to be sure", Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday.

Such treats are unheard of for most North Koreans, even for government officials, who have seen their chances of overseas travel wither in recent years as their country's isolation has increased under sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile programs.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those worlds prove honest", Pompeo said.

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