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Trump plans early departure with North Korea talks 'moving quickly'

Trump plans early departure with North Korea talks 'moving quickly'

Speaking to the worldwide press, Seoul said the fact that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump are sitting face-to-face, in and of itself, is a big leap forward.

In the run-up to the talks, Trump had hopefully predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

In the English version, the summit is sold as a chance to realise "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

The Koreans, in the North and in the South, understand that, and the inter-Korean 'Panmunjom Declaration" of 27 April focusses not on denuclearisation (although that is one of the stated goals) but on the two Koreas" "firm commitment to bring a swift end to the Cold War relic of longstanding division and confrontation", transforming the "unnatural state of armistice' into a "robust peace regime'. Indeed, the necessity of a last-minute meeting between the USA and North Korean summit negotiating teams led by Sung Kim, a former US special representative on North Korea policy and an experienced negotiator, and Choe Son-hui, North Korea's top diplomat for dealing with the United States, suggested that the agenda has yet to be fixed up.

While no agenda has been officially announced, it is being speculated that bilateral relations between the two nations might also come up, as the U.S., as well as the United Nations, has put additional sanctions on North Korea in recent times following Kim Jong Un's repeated missile tests. They believe Kim's engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program.

"We will not be surprised by any scenario", said the official.

From the truce village of Panmunjeom and Singapore, top nuclear envoys from North Korea and the U.S. have engaged in a series of discussions aimed at resolving their nuclear standoff and decades-old animosity.

What was initially portrayed by the White House as a summit meant to completely rid the North of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue" and for Trump the dealmaker to look into the eyes and take the measure of his nuclear-armed antagonist.

U.S. and North Korean officials will meet on Monday to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

Members of the North Korean delegation and security leave the St Regis hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018.

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Flanked by bodyguards, Kim also visited the Marina Bay Sands resort. Create peace and great prosperity for his land.

Trump and his lieutenants have been walking different lines on the agenda ahead with North Korea.

In addition, experts have pointed out a number of obstacles that will have to be addressed during and after the Singapore summit.

The summit is scheduled to begin at 9am, the White House said.

"We are hopeful the summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks", he said.

The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours.

THEIR ENTOURAGESTrump is to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday while Kim has no official agenda.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed at Singapore's Changi Airport amid heavy security on Sunday morning where he was greeted by Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan.

South Korean media said Mr Kim went there with his sister Kim Yo Jong and other top deputies.

A TV screen shows newsreader Ri Chun-hee announcing the arrival of Kim Jong-un in Singapore, during an evening bulletin in Pyongyang.