Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

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"I don't envy the translators at the summit, because they are going to have to make split-second decisions".

Pompeo won't say whether Trump would consider withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula.

That modest vision marks a break with the stratospheric goals he set after he agreed on March 8 to this meeting. "There is a very wide gap between the USA and North Korean negotiating positions, and finding common ground will require a sustained diplomatic process with high-level buy-in from Pyongyang and Washington", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek.

Pompeo praised European countries for helping bring about the summit scheduled for Tuesday, saying it could not have happened without them. Volatility and the Trump-Kim pairing go together like joint statements and the phrase "constructive talks". Singapore is the leading oil trading hub in Asia - third in the world after NY and London. And en route from Canada to Singapore, Trump unleashed a harsh Twitter attack on Trudeau, which was amplified Sunday on television talk shows by Navarro and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

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Choi's fiery outburst at Trump's national security advisor John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had a fortnight ago been blamed for Trump suddenly, and briefly, cancelling the summit.

The security has been further tightened in Singapore following the arrival of United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to participate in the "historic summit" on June 12.

It was reported that Kim planned to fly back to North Korea in the early afternoon on Thursday, leaving very little time for actual negotiations, although there is still considerable uncertainty about what a deal between the leaders would look like.

Pompeo has disputed the notion that the president is moving the goalposts, telling reporters Thursday that Trump "has always understood that this was a process".

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Whether they could agree to a draft document will likely determine whether Kim and Trump can sign a tangible "outcome" at the summit.

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore on June 10, 2018.

Pompeo said the U.S.is prepared to offer "unique" security guarantees to North Korea to ensure that eliminating its nuclear weapons won't end badly for Kim's regime.

The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

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The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will be among the most improbable diplomatic encounters in history, featuring principals who could not be more different - but who also share some surprising similarities.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

Trump arrived in Singapore after another meeting with foreign leaders - a group of close American allies. "Give me a break, OK?" "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do". However, we'll just have to wait and see how it actually pans out. But any request for the U.S. to withdraw its 28,000 troops from South Korean bases would likely be rejected. And the maximum, I think you know the answer to that.

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But Trump said: "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding: "Sounds a little bit odd, but that's probably the easy part".