United States offers 'unique' guarantees to North Korea on eve of summit

Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

Trump met Kim on Singapore's Sentosa Island at the Capella hotel, starting with a carefully choreograph and landmark handshake against a backdrop of alternated U.S. and North Korean flags.

"Rather than signing an unsubstantial agreement, Trump and Kim should be signing a real document based on global law, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons".

But they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.

With Trump and Kim both known for making exaggerated, if not entirely false claims, those notes could be key to understanding Kim as a leader and furthering plans for peace on the Korean Peninsula. The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with US allies at the G-7 summit. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mentioned that the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing, June 11, 2018 in Singapore one day before President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The US side however reportedly believes that an immediate tangible outcome is unlikely following the meet.

And until denuclearisation takes place, sanctions against North Korea would remain in place, he stressed.

He flew into Singapore late Monday to be present for the historic first summit between the two leaders.

Speaking through his translator, Mr Kim said it was "not easy" to get here.

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"I don't think anybody should doubt the unique and important role China plays in this process", Wang said.

Mr Trump made the remarks as he and Mr Kim walked around Singapore's Capella hotel after a working lunch aimed at discussing ways to end the nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

Trump said over the weekend that he would know if Kim is serious about brokering peace within "a minute" of meeting him.

It marked the first time in history that a North Korean leader was meeting with a sitting USA president.

Mr Trump's comments about Mr Kim have drawn ire from online commentators, who point to the North Korean leader's record on human rights and his people's plight.

Tuesday marked the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Setting out the United States position before the summit, Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.

The Trump administration seeks a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantlement of Pyongyang's vast nuclear weapons program, which has produced up to 60 nuclear warheads housed across the country, according to United States intelligence estimates, as well as a sophisticated program for their delivery worldwide.

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