United States says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early

United States says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early

"They are moving rapidly ... and moving to their logical conclusion".

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea Summit.

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

He said his perception of Kim - a "bad guy with nuclear weapons" - had improved considerably following his two meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

Kim's main concern is the survival of his own regime - South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters that the Pyongyang leader had "concerns on whether he could trust that the U.S. would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself".

Kim arrived in Singapore mid-afternoon Sunday, amid much speculation about the outcome of Tuesday's talks.

Kim later met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and was seen to be smiling broadly during the encounter.

Less than two days before his tête-a-tête with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president who initially welcomed the idea that his efforts might net him a Nobel Prize was downplaying the possibility that Tuesday's meeting would lead to any major breakthroughs.

Their first meeting will be just the two men, with their translators, without any advisers present. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Perhaps he'll offer to withdraw the 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea, Haenle said, or to pull back the so-called nuclear umbrella of protection Washington offers allies South Korea and Japan.

Just meeting with Trump will also give Kim recognition as the leader of a "normal" country and as an equal of the United States leader.

Lee explained, "The leader's excretions contain information about his health status so they can't be left behind".

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's meeting appeared aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since Sung Kim's earlier talks did little to narrow a gap between the two sides on the definition of denuclearisation or win agreement on tangible commitments from Pyongyang toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

It continues: "Even if a country had a hostile relationship with us in the past, our attitude is that if this nation respects our autonomy. we shall seek normalisation through dialogue".

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said it was imperative that Trump bring up rights issues with Kim.

For decades the United States has been a sworn enemy.

Dynastic descent from Kim Il Sung is the basis for Kim's personal legitimacy - Pyongyang's propaganda promotes the similarities between them in looks, mannerisms and even handwriting.

A report by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the summit would feature "wide-ranging and profound talks" and was being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world". Diplomacy doesn't result in overnight change and so, success in the Singapore Summit will largely mean an honest exchange of views, discussions about a future course of action and continuity of dialogue.

North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun proclaimed Kim's arrival in Singapore on its front page, in unusually swift coverage of his global visit.

Kim Jong-un needs to tell his people why he's willing to negotiate. This has echoes of that.

"Despite his young age, he seems to be shrewd", he said, adding that he believes Kim realises his crusade to develop a nuclear arsenal to ensure his regime's survival has "hit a dead end" under intensifying sanctions.

U.S. and North Korean officials are meeting Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before a sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

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