A look at what to expect from the Kim-Trump summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to reporters about North Korea during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to reporters about North Korea during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington

Singapore is not just where the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to take place on Tuesday, June 12. North Korea is seeking a security guarantee - possibly including a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War - and the removal of the US's nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan.

North Korea has nominally committed to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, but it has traditionally used that term to also demand that the United States remove its assets, including troops, from the region.

Trump also said he would not withdraw USA troops from South Korea as part of the agreement, though he would like to "get our soldiers home" at some point. Both the leaders will discuss issues such as North Korea denuclearisation and an end to the Korean War, Fox News reported.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Trump's summit with Kim will address the most contentious part of those talks, to include the USA and possibly China, and could set the table for progress despite a walking back of expectations.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Balakrishnan said in a interview.

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North Korea must take "concrete" steps towards denuclearisation before benefiting from any relaxation of global sanctions, Downing Street has said.

European allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - which Trump also blasted by tweet on Sunday - have criticized the President's decision to pull out of the Iran deal, and it is unclear how recent tensions may impact their support for whatever outcome the Singapore summit has.

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 USA and Trump, who, during his presidency, has violated worldwide treaties, especially the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran remains deeply pessimistic about the USA president's intentions.

He has also raised the possibility of further summits.

It would be the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

At the same time, North Korea should reiterate its previous commitment to full denuclearization within a defined time period and keep up with its moratorium on long-range ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests, he added. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders. Pompeo also reiterated that the U.S. will maintain its sanctions on North Korea until it fully dismantles its nuclear weapons program - seemingly writing off the prospect of the phased approach North Korea has sought.

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USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters that ongoing talks between the two countries are advancing well, but stressed the meeting would be the beginning of a process that would "set the conditions for future talks".

Sung Kim has taken the lead on policy negotiations with North Korea.

According to the South Korean news website Chosun, Kim arrived in Singapore with his bullet-proof limousine and a portable toilet, a measure which is created to prevent anyone analyzing his stools.

Bandow noted that American companies could also turn to North Korea for low-priced manufacturing, which neighbors - like China and South Korea - already benefit from.

The meetings also served as an ice-breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal US-North Korean contact.

North Koreans were told by state media for the first time Monday that Kim is meeting Trump.

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