United States says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Also on Monday, senior North Korean and U.S. diplomats held last-minute talks here to come up with a draft agreement to be presented to the leaders of the two countries during the summit.

'SPUR OF THE MOMENT'Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

Some of the crowds of tourists and locals taking photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he visit the Marina Bay Sands during a city tour. As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage.

So far, the United States has offered no indication that it has reached a substantive preliminary agreement with North Korea on how to achieve the "complete and verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization that Pompeo reconfirmed on Monday the USA is seeking.

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

If Kim makes such a change, he said, "President Trump is prepared to assure that there's going to be a successful transition".

In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be honest about his willingness to denuclearise.

However, it now appears that the U.S.is confident tings are going smoothly.

Reaction from US allies will also be watched closely as Trump continues to alienate traditional American partners through trade tariffs.

Offering a preview to reporters on the eve of the summit, Pompeo said it could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.

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Pompeo has not said if Trump would consider withdrawing almost 28,000 USA troops from the Korean Peninsula.

Mr Trump descended from Air Force One into the steamy Singapore night, greeting officials and declaring he felt "very good" before being whisked away to his hotel via a route lined with police and photo-snapping onlookers.

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

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is the highest-ranking official on the list who has met Kim before.

Trump was scheduled to attend a meet-and-greet at his hotel with U.S. Embassy personnel.

That's in part because of South Korea's diplomatic outreach to the North, which was highlighted by two summits this spring between the rivals' leaders. Responding to questions, he said "absolutely" he would invite Kim to the White House.

Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved.

In the latest twist in the drama-filled talks, Mr Trump announced overnight that he would be leaving Singapore early because the negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected".

Upon his arrival, President Trump first met with the Prime Minister of Singapore, who is hosting the summit. After the 2016 election, then-US President Barack Obama told Trump that North Korea was the biggest national security threat he faced, according to a US official. Pyongyang is demanding as yet unspecified security guarantees and the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, and has not made clear what concessions it is offering over the nuclear arsenal it calls its "treasured sword" to defend against a USA invasion.

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