Pompeo says that USA sanctions on the North will remain in place until the North denuclearizes.
So far, the U.S. has offered no indication that it has reached a substantive preliminary agreement with North Korea on how to achieve the "complete and verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization that Pompeo reconfirmed on Monday the U.S. is seeking. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase", he said. Global anticipation of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's third-generation autocrat Kim Jong Un is close to feverish.
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.
On the eve of the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with USA and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.
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"I think the minimum would be a relationship".
After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them. As they entered, Trump injected some levity to the day's extraordinary events, saying: "Getting a good picture everybody?"
Some had also speculated that South Korea could use the Kim-Trump meeting to have the three sides declare a formal end to the Korean War - a key agreement in April's Panmunjom Declaration.
The watchword leading up to the summit has been "denuclearization", which Kim had committed to in statements since the meeting was offered and accepted in March.
If there is "tangible progress" on denuclearization, Seoul-based analysts said Washington should compensate Pyongyang for taking steps for abandoning nuclear arsenal by providing security guarantees for the Kim Jong-un regime.
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As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G-7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A working lunch is on the agenda after this meeting.
Trump also spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the phone Monday.
And accordingly to Lee Yun-keol, who worked in a North Korean Guard Command unit before defecting to South Korea in 2005, that's par for the course.
"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Mr Trump said.
Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.
Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea'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.
But in the lead up to the historic summit, several analysts have pointed out that the Trump administration doesn't have a clear plan for how it will approach the discussions, and that both sides of the negotiating table have very different ideas about what "denuclearization" means.
Kim said through an interpreter: "It wasn't easy for us to come here".