Kim Singapore summit: All the latest updates

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

President Donald Trump declared the Kim Jong Un summit an historic success Tuesday that will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea, even as critics pointed out that a joint statement signed by the leaders lacks specifics. North Korea has lived under the continuous threat of nuclear destruction longer than any other country on earth, but Pyongyang has said repeatedly that it would be willing to abandon its nuclear program if the United States dropped its "hostile policy" toward North Korea.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met both North Korea's Kim Jong Un and United States' Donald Trump separately at the Istana or the presidential palace in Singapore on Sunday.

The White House later said discussions with North Korea had moved "more quickly than expected" and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night, after the summit.

The outlet also listed the individuals accompanying Kim to Singapore, including Kim Yong-chol, the US -designated terrorist whom Kim sent to the White House two weeks ago, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister, who made headlines attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Trump landed at 8:21 Sunday evening at the island city-state's Paya Lebar Air Base, traveling from Canada, where he attended a meeting of the Group of Seven Nations.

Mr Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday with the North Korean leader in Singapore.

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"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

Kim Jong-un has taken his portable toilet to Singapore to "deny determined sewer divers insights into the supreme leader's stools", a South Korean news outlet has reported.

The team is to deliver the latest developments of Kim-Trump summit to the home government, while bringing and releasing the South Korean government's own response as well. "We expect a fierce tug-of-war to continue between the two sides until tomorrow's summit ends, but we also expect some good outcome".

The selfie sees Kim offer a wholesome smile, a display that belies the iron-fist with which he rules over North Korea. He again expressed confidence that Kim would surrender his nuclear weapons in exchange for economic assistance that would improve his country's standard of living.

Part of the interest in Tuesday's summit is simply because Mr Kim has had limited appearances on the world stage.

"If President Moon said he would come here to declare an end to war before the North-U.S. summit is held, it would, from the U.S. perspective, be like showing an entire answer sheet", the official said.

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If things fall apart, it could be because "Trump presents Kim with a hard-and-fast binary choice: relinquish nuclear weapons and live in peace and prosperity, or cling to them and risk the impoverishment of your people and the safety of your regime", Haas said.

Rodman is one of a handful of Westerners to have visited reclusive North Korea and met Kim. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a US official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

Moon, however, insisted the efforts of the US and North Korea alone may be not enough to finally rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

The US president was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

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