Kim Jong Un goes for surprise nighttime walk ahead of summit

Kim Jong Un goes for surprise nighttime walk ahead of summit

Kim Jong Un goes for surprise nighttime walk ahead of summit

The South Korean government is hoping for a success of the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, since it could lead to peace on the peninsula after nearly 70 years.

While both men walked to the library where they held their first face-to-face meeting, Trump sought to ease any tension in the air by chatting to Kim, and letting him walk slightly ahead.

For North Korea, denuclearization involves the United States withdrawing troops from South Korea and pulling back the nuclear umbrella over USA allies in the region.

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It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials.

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Political figures, including Democrats, wished Trump well in his quest for a workable nuclear deal with Kim.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

Kim and Trump entered the dialogue venue separately at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

Trump will also speak with reporters in Singapore before departing for home. According to the White House's public schedule, after 45 minutes they will then participate in an expanded meeting joined by their officials before sitting down for a "working lunch".

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said US sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts.

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Just hours after Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photographs snapped of the reclusive leader.

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Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged Trump to seek "the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement" of North Korean political prison camps - mimicking the formulation used by the USA in its demand for that nation's denuclearization.

Pompeo also said that Trump had called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

But enough about that - check out Trump's power move in the initial handshake. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. The US dollar strengthened against its Asian peers in the lead-up to the summit on Tuesday, with equities across the region broadly higher once the summit had begun.

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"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of the Korea peninsula is only outcome that the United States will accept", declared Pompeo.

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