Pompeo on Trump’s diplomatic crisis: ‘There are always irritants in relationships’

A man walks past a map showing key locations and dates in the Korean conflict at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

A man walks past a map showing key locations and dates in the Korean conflict at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul

Despite this emphasis on first impressions, Trump began the Singapore summit by signaling to Kim that he's the kind of guy who refuses to put his phone down during dinner, and can't stop talking about his ex.

The president who once described Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to destroy his country if it did not give up nukes, has not said what might happen if the summit goes the wrong way. He released a photograph from inside the room of North Korean vice foreign minister Choi Sun-hee smiling across the table at the United States lead negotiator, the Philippines ambassador Sung Kim.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two-hour meeting on Monday morning was "substantive and detailed".

Ri Chun Hee, North Korea's best-known anchor, delivered news of the summit taking place on Korean Central Television on Monday. Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

The United States and North Korea have been in a technical state of war for decades after the eruption of the 1950-1953 Korean War, which pitted U.S. -led U.N. troops backing Seoul against Pyongyang's forces that were aided by China.

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. Progress could lead to a peace treaty and formally end a state of war on the Korean peninsula, which has persisted for almost 70 years.

That may be even more important to Trump in the wake of the disastrous G-7 summit.

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. He thanked Singapore hosting the summit as if it was "their own family affair".

Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders.

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Likely to attend the summit with Trump are Pompeo, Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly. "And, for me, the best-case scenario would be, at this point, for President Trump to step back from the process and hand it over to the professional diplomats and negotiators to work out these details".

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The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.

Previous year the North carried out what was by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched a flurry of missiles - including two over Japan - while Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The best thing to look for is some type of joint statement that underscores a shared desire for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula".

Describing the summit as a "historic" occasion, KCNA reported Monday that Kim would be exchanging "wide-ranging and profound views" during the meeting on issues including "building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula" and "realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"Excitement in the air!" he wrote in a tweet.

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