U.S. says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early

US troops in South Korea

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional US president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not.

The limousine of Kim Jong Un arrives at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore on June 10, 2018, to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead the summit between US leader Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that progress is being made in bringing the two sides together in their understanding of denuclearization.

"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement.

Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit.

"And if we're not willing to do that, we're not going to get a good deal", Graham said, complementing the global community - including China and Russian Federation - for standing behind Trump in regards to sanctions on North Korea.

There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.

Kim remained ensconced in the heavily guarded St Regis Hotel, where he is staying.

Some people were grumbling in the wealthy city-state because of the traffic jams caused by the summit and the cost of hosting two leaders with massive security needs.

Kim met with Lee on Sunday.

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Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.

When asked how he feels about the summit after landing in Singapore on Sunday afternoon, US President Donald Trump said, "Very good".

The Monday report from the Korean Central News Agency mentioned the summit agenda, including denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Why only potentially? That's because these two world leaders are not, strictly speaking, known to be very diplomatic - that is to say that they are in no manner of speaking, known to be very diplomatic at all.

"Lee Eun-ho, a 70-year-old worker, said the North would never give up its nuclear weapons as Kim had "developed them to hold on to power in the first place".

Pompeo said Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful", while warning that there was still "lots of work left to do".

Later, a meeting including officials could last another hour. Trump and members of his team have also said that the US would be willing to guarantee Kim's safety and position in power if the country was willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

Before leaving for the ill-fated G7 Summit, Trump had underlined his resolve vis-à-vis a productive meeting with Kim by stating that the summit would be "much more than a photo-op".

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