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Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

Trump forecasts 'nice' outcome from Kim Jong-un summit

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNew Arab Gulf council reflects shift in strategy, leadership Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of Tuesday summit By law, Trump must discuss human rights with Kim MORE told reporters in Singapore on Monday that the US will only accept the "complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Even after the White House confirmed the summit, the run-up to it was not without roadblocks.

But North Korea's complete denuclearization is "the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo said, and sanctions will not be lifted until that happens.

Trusted officials would maintain control of fixed telecommunications hotlines in the country, and there is likely a code system to activate the systems involved in launching North Korea's ballistic missiles. The newspaper said the vehicles weren't from a local authorized dealer, which suggests the cars were brought in specifically for the summit and may be used by Kim.

Pompeo spoke as top officials from the two countries continued negotiations in Singapore ahead of the meeting between Trump and Kim. "We are good for our word, we are meticulous, we pay attention to details - every smallest detail".

Both Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

The president has allowed that persuading Kim to abandon North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require more than a single sit-down.

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Analysts say Kim will check off one of his goals simply by sharing the summit stage with Trump.

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.

Singapore summit: Kim's running bodyguards back in action

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between [North Korea] and the United States of America, and thanks to your honest efforts ... we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter.

Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong accompanied her brother to the historic summit in Singapore, but in separate flights amid security concerns by the secretive regime, according to multiple reports. In an op-ed, the Associated Press has expressed doubts that Kim "would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival".

Since then, the path to the summit has been rocky, with Mr Trump at one point calling it off completely. -North Korea summit in Singapore.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday after a blow-up over trade with other members of the Group of Seven + major industrialised nations that cast a cloud over his efforts to score a major foreign policy win in the nuclear talks.

Barry Goodfield on what to watch for during President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But Choi and Sung have since met five times at the demilitarised zone in South Korea in a whirlwind of diplomacy to get the historic meeting on track.

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