Pompeo tries to reassure North Korea about denuclearization

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US President Donald Trump

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Mr Trump with "awareness".

'SPUR OF THE MOMENT'Trump, speaking in Canada on Saturday, said any agreement at the summit would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the Obama administration had reached with Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation.

Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, Ghasemi touched upon USA pullout from JCPOA and the withdrawal of some European companies from Iran, saying "European companies have a 90-day and 120-day grace period until the re-imposition of sanctions; we should wait and see what is going to happen regarding Iran's talks with foreign partners".

The meetings were also serving as a sort of ice breaker, with the teams working to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S. But on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles in exchange for economic incentives and security guarantees.

Pompeo added that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

"If diplomacy does not move in the right direction ... those measures will increase".

Iran welcomes any step toward boosting the welfare of the people of this region, he said, adding, however, that given the past record of the United States and Trump, who, during his presidency, has violated global treaties, especially the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran remains deeply pessimistic about the USA president's intentions. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a US official said.

Instead, Pompeo suggested the summit, while historic, might yield little in the way of concrete success other than to pave the way for more meetings in the future.

Pompeo did say the United States is "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique that America has been willing to provide previously". Again accusing the longtime USA ally of unfair trade practices, he added: "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!" White-uniformed U.S. Navy members are perched on pearl-colored couches.

Covering Kim's departure from Pyongyang - where he was forced to borrow a plane from China due to the dilapidated state of his official aircraft - breaks the precedent the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has established of only covering Kim's trips overseas after he has returned home. An Associated Press journalist spotted Central Intelligence Agency officer Andy Kim, a Korea expert and part of the USA delegation, making his way through. United States 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. Once the results of the summit is out, Seoul is to release its official response here, at the Korea Press Center.

Similar scenes were seen yesterday when Mr Kim and Mr Trump arrived in the city, and when Mr Kim went to meet Mr Lee. And the abrupt change in schedule came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot end to the Korean War. Trump's self-proclaimed negotiating skills formed the basis of his public persona even before it became the core of his political identity, when he was elected promising that he alone could fix the nation's ills.

Kim Jong-un and Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) take selfies on the Jubilee bridge.

Trump met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng) and aides to both leaders Monday. Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement. "Celebrating birthday, a bit early", he wrote.

Trump turns 72 on Thursday.

Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo injected a note of caution ahead of the first-ever meeting of US and North Korean leaders on Tuesday, saying that it remained to be seen whether Kim was honest about his willingness to denuclearise.

Pompeo in a statement described the meetings as "substantive and detailed" and said the president was "well-prepared for tomorrow's engagement with Chairman Kim".

Beyond denuclearization, the two leaders will also approach the issue of officially ending the Korean War, normalizing relations between the two countries and a framework for reaching a denuclearization deal. 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". I think things could work out very nicely.

The two leaders are scheduled to have a working lunch with aides, Foz News reported.

The summit has raised hopes of progress towards a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War, the last festering legacy of the Cold War, after hostilities only stopped with an armistice.

Trump said his staff showed the film to Kim, and "I think he loves it". Will they simply shake hands?

Meanwhile, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, plans another round of meetings on Monday afternoon with North Korean officials as both sides continue to prepare for Tuesday's summit in Singapore.

On Sunday, however, KCNA detailed Kim's departure from Pyongyang, where senior officials saw him off in an official ceremony. The official was not authorized to comment publicly about on internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation.

This is the furthest a reigning North Korean President has ever travelled from Pyongyang in the country's history, and it appears Mr Kim used the opportunity to take in some of the sights.

The summit's venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore's port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.

Both sides also worked to finalize preparations for the unprecedented summit.

The White House said the summit was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday. They then moved into a roughly 40-minute one-on-one meeting, joined only by their interpreters, before including their advisers. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

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