Trump pledges 'security guarantees' as Kim Jong Un recommits to 'denuclearization'

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The two leaders are expected to meet with translators for 45 minutes, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with senior staff.

"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers", Trump wrote on Twitter from Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Trump and Kim - both intent on making history - greeted each other early in the day with extended hands in front of a row of USA and North Korean flags, a previously unthinkable sight that reflects a new chapter in the two countries' acrimonious relationship.

Trump and his advisers have said the U.S. would accept nothing less than full denuclearization before sanctions against the North are lifted, and before North Korea can be fully welcomed into the fold of the broader diplomatic community.

US President Donald Trump and Japan's prime minister during a phone call agreed to closely consult after the summit in Singapore, the White House said in a press release, Sputnik reported.

The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached.

Relatives of Japanese people abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s said Monday that the summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea in Singapore presents a now-or-never opportunity for the return of their loved ones.

Pompeo, who led the outreach as Central Intelligence Agency director, traveled twice to North Korea for preliminary talks.

The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.

Trump spoke only briefly in public on Monday, forecasting a "nice" outcome.

It was a far cry from previous year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US president as the "mentally deranged USA dotard". As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage. -North Korea summit aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

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Kim, believed to be 34 or 35, and Trump, 71, met for the first time at the Capella Hotel around 9 a.m., exchanging a firm and long handshake on the red carpet before a row of US and North Korean flags lined side by side.

The agreement quickly broke down when the United States froze assets belonging to Macau-based Banco Delta Asia, which was suspected of laundering millions of dollars for the North Korean regime. "We've been waiting for one nation since we've been separated".

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

As he was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table.

Iizuka's younger sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted by North Korea when she was 22 years old.

Mattis added that discussions about USA troop numbers on the peninsula would be "premature" ahead of the outcome of negotiations between the two leaders Tuesday. "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said, telling Cuomo, "it's a great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

MIKE POMPEO: We're prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously.

Among those joining the leaders on the USA side were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

A peace treaty ending the Korean War, complete denuclearisation of North Korea or will it be just an elaborate get-to-know-you session?

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