Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Drone footage shows the venue for United States-North Korea summit

Drone footage shows the venue for United States-North Korea summit

North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore for his summit with President Trump with security on his mind - dispatching decoy planes from Pyongyang to thwart anyone who might try to attack him and packing his own food for his visit to try to prevent poisoning.

As the summit wrapped up, administration officials said they gave Kim and his aides a film outlining the choices facing North Korea. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the United States would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearisation and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era". As one of the North's state mouthpieces indicated, Pyongyang wants to find effective ways to end America's hostilities through normalization of ties, establishment of a peace regimen and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

After the meetings, the two teams and other senior officials met for a working lunch, where beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and "Daegu Jormin", or Korean braised cod, were served for the main course, according to the menu.

Tuesday's meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions have raised global concerns and seen tensions soar.

"I can only say this, " Pompeo said.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove honest", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a news conference Monday.

Trump says he thinks "things can work out very nicely" with North Korea on the eve of his historic summit with Kim Jong-un.

"One of my worries is that we come out of this Singapore summit with something that looks remarkably like the Six Party Talks or anything that the president has previously criticised but it is hyped as something that's historic and new and groundbreaking", he added.

The meeting was the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

A second round of meetings is planned for the afternoon as officials work to lay the groundwork for progress on Tuesday.

FBN's Deirdre Bolton on President Trump's upcoming summit with North Korea.

Pyongyang's delegation included Choe Son Hui, a top diplomat at North Korea's Foreign Ministry who made headlines last month when KCNA quoted her calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, spent the morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks out from the Marina Bay Sands during a city tour in Singapore. I think that he's going to surprise on the upside. Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.

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".

He says Iran views Trump and the United States with "great pessimism", saying they are known for "quitting treaties and violating their commitments".

Pompeo met Kim in May ahead of Tuesday's meeting.

Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful". He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Pompeo, however, stressed the president was "fully prepared".

The question is how to strike a balance between denuclearization and the assurance of regime security.

But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Mr Kim to build his arsenal, with the weapons also seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on the North's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

U.S. and North Korean officials were still meeting on the eve of the summit in an effort to bridge the gap between the two countries on how to substantively achieve North Korean denuclearization.

Moon has expressed hope that the summit will lead to a three-way declaration also including Seoul to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

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