Spare a moment, as you anticipate one of the most unusual summits in modern history, to consider North Korea's leader as he left the all-encompassing bubble of his locked-down stronghold of Pyongyang on Sunday and stepped off a jet onto Singapore soil for his planned sit-down with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
Pompeo also expressed confidence of a "successful outcome" but said that the summit would also lead to a lot more to be done in the path ahead, providing a "framework for the hard work that will follow". "This aligned him with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's position on a feasible timeline for denuclearization", Patrick McEachern, a former foreign service officer in South Korea and a North Korea analyst, told Newsweek. But he says if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".
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In a statement, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said "The president is well-prepared for tomorrow's engagement with Chairman Kim".
"We don't know how developed North Korea's secure communications capabilities are, so whether Kim Jong Un will be within easy reach of his National Command Authority during his stay in Singapore is an open question", said Andrew O'Neil, a North Korea nuclear policy expert at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.
Kim later met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and was seen to be smiling broadly during the encounter.
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.
At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Loong said that the summit cost approximately $20 million, which is a price the Singapore was "willing to pay". He has been to Beijing twice and has briefly crossed the frontier at the Demilitarized Zone with South Korea to meet its president. Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.
North Korea's Kim landed Singapore's Changi Airport earlier on Sunday, in his longest trip overseas as head of state.
In the English version, the summit is sold as a chance to realise "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".
Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying more than one meeting may be necessary.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017.
Later, they would be joined by their respective negotiating teams for discussions that could last another hour.
The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders. He told reporters in Quebec on Saturday that he'd know "in the first minute" whether he could get to a deal with Kim, repeating that he wouldn't waste his time - but suggested that the time he's invested in this initial engagement wasn't such a big deal.
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