North Korea: US will offer 'unique' security guarantees, says Pompeo

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore for historic summit

Bringing the Korean War to a formal end 65 years after hostilities ceased will also be on the table at the first-ever summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president of its "imperialist enemy".

Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

All his running bodyguards were decked up in black suits and blue ties.

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

The US president and North Korean leader are staying in separate hotels, not far from each other, and will meet on Tuesday at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the main island of Singapore.

Kim and Trump arrived in the tropical city-state on Sunday for the first ever face-to-face meeting by leaders of two countries that have been enemies since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Why only potentially? That's because these two world leaders are not, strictly speaking, known to be very diplomatic - that is to say that they are in no manner of speaking, known to be very diplomatic at all.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

But there are doubts denuclearisation of North Korea is achievable in the short term.

Pompeo says that US sanctions on the North will remain in place until the North denuclearizes. "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were".

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Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.

The foreign minister of Singapore tweeted out a picture of the cake presented to Trump at the luncheon today in Singapore.

But it was only Monday morning in North Korea that the government news agency reported that Kim was in Singapore, had met with the prime minister and would meet Trump on Tuesday.

North Korean forces invaded the South in 1950 and the ensuing war saw US -led United Nations troops backing Seoul fight their way to a stalemate against Pyongyang's forces - which were aided by Russian Federation and China - before the conflict ended in stalemate and an armistice which sealed the division of the peninsula.

Trump has said he doesn't think he needs much preparation for this summit. In subsequent years, the United States and South Korea signed a mutual defence treaty, but nothing for the North.

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.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. Despite that, "we're going in with a very positive spirit" and "I think very well prepared".

"A successful summit might also open the door to some confidence-building measures, such as the opening of a US diplomatic office in North Korea and vice versa, or the resumption of USA missions to recover the remains of Korean War service members killed in North Korea", Wertz said.

The White House and State Department have said little about those talks, though people briefed on them said American negotiators found it difficult to make significant headway with the North Koreans, in part because the White House did not back them up in taking a hard line.

"Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels", Lee Yun-keol, a former member of a North Korean Guard Command unit who defected, told The Washington Post.

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