Kim thanks S'pore for 'sincere efforts' to host summit

Even as he drew a tough line on lifting sanctions, Pompeo sought to ease North Korea's wariness about giving up a nuclear arsenal that provides a deterrent against foreign adversaries while also serving as a key point of national pride.

This share is as high as at any point since 2005.

The expected Kim-Trump meeting is considered unique given it'll be the closest meeting the leaders of the USA and North Korea have ever had.

Prior to meeting with Kim, Trump predicted he would have a "terrific relationship" with the North Korean strongman.

"We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow", Trump said at a luncheon with the Singapore prime minister on Monday. "In addition, the charter of a Chinese airplane may have an effect of publicizing China's active support and cooperation to the North Korean people ahead of summit talks with the U.S". The problem, Payton said, is that the scope of the country's cybersystem is sometimes forgotten due to the emphasis on controlling Pyongyang's nuclear developments.

So far the market doesn't seem to have much faith in Trump.

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Cho Sung-kwon, a 62-year-old South Korean pensioner - who is hopeful about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul.

The big summit is just hours away now, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is downplaying expectations of a huge breakthrough when President Trump and Kim Jong Un meet face to face.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing United States troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

The Korean Central News Agency and the Korean Central Television reported Monday that Kim departed from Pyongyang on Sunday morning via a Chinese chartered airplane to hold a summit with his USA counterpart in Singapore.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denying claims the that USA lacks the technical expertise to denuclearize North Korea.

Pompeo offered "unique" security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved, an official briefed on the discussions said.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel. "And he has that opportunity, and he won't have that opportunity again", Trump said.

"I think the North will denuclearise ... because it knows it has no other alternatives", he said.

As he disembarked from Air Force One, Trump told reporters that he feels "very good" about his prospects.

Vanessa Coleman

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