North Korean state media said Monday that leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump will discuss "a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula", as well as the denuclearization of the peninsula, normalizing bilateral ties and other "issues of mutual concern" at their historic summit Tuesday in Singapore.
"We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump told Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during their talks, according to a pool report.
Later, Pompeo shared a picture of Trump speaking with the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore. Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui were also included in the entourage.
Sentosa, where the meeting between Trump and Kim will be held, is a former British military fort and now, a tourist attraction with a Universal Studio theme park.
South Korea media outlets reported that Kim will likely stay at the St Regis, where his close aide has been based as he leads a North Korean advance team arranging security and logistics details.
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"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 U.S. and his safe return", the KCNA said.
"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the USA, and thanks to your honest efforts". China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.
The clearest benchmarks about what the U.S.is seeking from the summit, however, have come from Pompeo rather than Trump.
But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has. It brings the president more in line with veteran diplomats who have dealt with North Korea and know firsthand the difficulty of extracting verifiable concessions, and it helps ensure that - whatever happens on Tuesday - the president can tout it as a win. "North Korea's nuclear command, control, communications and intelligence is configured to promote a high degree of centralisation in Kim's decision-making, it beggars belief that Kim would not be within secure reach to authorise a possible launch if required", O'Neil added.
The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the USA -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting. The ensuing recognition as a "normal country" could then allow sanctions relief, and later global aid and investment.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Mr Trump with "awareness".