'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting

Kim in limo? Massive convoy presumably carrying N. Korean leader rolls through Singapore

Kim in limo? Massive convoy presumably carrying N. Korean leader rolls through Singapore

Menendez spoke Sunday on ABC's "This Week" as President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's talks with Kim.

U.S. presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

South Korea has started surveying South Koreans who would be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as a reconciliatory measure. Mr. Nam Gwan Pyo, a deputy director of South Korea's National Security Office, will be on hand to represent his nation's interests during this first step towards peace.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that US and North Korean officials held "substantive" talks to hammer out the details of a nuclear agreement ahead of their leaders' meeting the following day. Seoul is not sending the deputy director alone, he will arrive with an entourage of top-level aides and diplomats. She emerged as an influential figure in Pyongyang's opaque leadership in February, when she led a North Korean delegation to the winter Olympics in South Korea.

"Singapore's talented government, commitment to rule of law, world-class infrastructure as well as safe and secure environment are second to none", said AmCham chairman Dwight Hutchins on Monday.

But Chinese analysts agreed that Beijing could and would play a larger role following the summit between Kim and Trump, who - given their divergent views on denuclearisation - are expected to make some "symbolic deals" when they meet. Lee has said the summit would cost Singapore about S$20 million ($A19m), more than half of which would go on security. And yet denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, how to define it, what verification might look like, over what timescale it should unfold, in return for what level of U.S. economic aid and security guarantees and the lifting of what sanctions - and, and, and - is pretty head-scratching, complex stuff. We have to get something going.

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore", Trump wrote in a tweet. He called for North Korea to follow a "Libya model" in negotiations. They're really working very well with us. "I would say that would be the minimal".

The previous USA stance, said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation, was that "we don't deploy a president to negotiate a treaty, we deploy a president to sign a treaty where we know where every piece of punctuation is on that piece of paper".

Facing a pointed question about what he hoped to gain out of the summit, Trump responded with the following. "He's got an opportunity, the likes of which I think nearly - if you look into history - very few people have ever had".

"Now, I'd like to accomplish more than that".

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