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Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore on Sunday for an unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War.

On Sunday, Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore where he is expected to hold a meeting with US President Donald Trump on June 12.

Trump had said that he would know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether or not the North Korean leader was serious about the nuclear negotiations.

Pompeo, who was in Singapore, did not go into specific details about how the US would secure the country, but he said talks between the USA and North Korea are moving briskly.

"Substantive and detailed meetings in #Singapore today as Ambassador Kim meets with #DPRK", Pompeo wrote in a Twitter post in which he included a photograph of the meeting between US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, North Korean Foreign Ministry senior official Choi Sun Hee and other delegates from both countries. "If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase".

Kim Jong Un met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shortly after his arrival, driving from the St. Regis Hotel where he is staying, through the famous Orchard Road shopping district, which was closed off for his tightly guarded motorcade.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Mr Pompeo said preliminary talks between senior officials were continuing and moving quite rapidly.

"I think it would be very odd if Kim didn't feel at least a pang of concern in this regard", said Andrew O'Neil, dean of the Griffith Business School at Griffith University in Australia.

There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.

Kim's entourage is staying at the St Regis, less than 10 minutes walk away, with a motorcade that features a dozen North Korean bodyguards in dark suits who jog in Singapore's drenching heat beside his armoured vehicle.




Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong Un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the United States and his safe return", the KCNA said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that veteran diplomat Sung Kim is leading the USA delegation in a working group meeting Monday at the city-state's Ritz Carlton hotel.

North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.

A report by the Korea Central News Agency said the summit would have "wide-ranging and profound talks" and noted that it is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

"I'm very optimistic we will have a successful outcome with the two leaders", he said.

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour.

Despite the initial high stakes of a summit meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting.

But some question why Kim should trust any guarantees given Trump's history of pulling out of accords - most recently the painstakingly negotiated Iran nuclear deal.

North Korea wants a staged approach to dismantling its nuclear weapons program and a security guarantee from the USA in return.


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