Asian markets mixed ahead of Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

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He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. The meeting to be held here. The summit plan had received little coverage in North Korea in the months' long lead-up, but was featured as the top story in the state run newspapers and television broadcasts a day ahead of the unprecedented meeting.

The summit is the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, and comes after a year of tension on the Korean Peninsula stoked by Mr Kim's numerous missile tests and a "maximum pressure" campaign led by the U.S. to curb Pyongyang.

North Korean and U.S. negotiators met in Singapore on Monday for final preparations on the eve of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, seeking to bridge the gaps over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.

Outside the Istana, the presidential palace where Mr Trump was due to meet Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, well-wishers displayed American flags and a boy held up a sign reading: "I love President Trump!"

News photographers captured photos of the broad, two-page agreement, which was not immediately released by the White House.

Besides Pompeo, Trump's delegation includes national security adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Some images of Trump and Kim were even more lifelike.

The North has sought such a meeting for decades, where its leader will meet a USA president as an equal rather than as the representative of a pariah state. Although it was later branded a failure by critics, his aides and a son say the Singapore summit could make his dream a reality: lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.

Trump, who arrived in Singapore several hours after Kim, said he felt "very good" about the talks after landing.

But Trump said: "We could absolutely sign an agreement and we're looking at it", adding: "Sounds a little bit odd, but that's probably the easy part".

Trump is set to meet with Lee on Monday.

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Critics at home said the U.S. president had given away too much at a meeting that gave worldwide standing to Kim. Hayden served as director of the National Security Council during the administration of President George W.


While North Korea may be opened up to foreign capital, workers there would not be allowed to leave for the South, while Southern workers would be forced to accept even more attacks on their wages and working conditions, in the name of remaining competitive.

Mr Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

The two leaders exchanged insults as fears of war grew.

With a handshake scheduled for 9 a.m., Trump and Kim and their translators will meet first in a session that could stretch up to two hours before they allow their respective advisers to join them, said the US official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

His early talk of immediate celebrations and Nobel Peace Prize nominations has cooled as he has acknowledged the initial meeting is more likely to determine whether more negotiations can follow.

Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved, an official briefed on the discussions said.

Kim says through an interpreter that it "was not easy to get here" and that there "were obstacles but we overcame them to be here".

In his first public comments since arriving in Singapore, Kim said Singapore's role would be recorded in history if the summit was a success.

"North Korea's increased dialogue with other countries is a positive step, but before the world gets too excited they should remember that Kim Jong Un still presides over perhaps the most repressive system in the world", he said. Trump tweeted during a low-key day ahead of his historic summit with the nuclear-armed dictator of North Korea.

Stagnating economic growth in China's northeastern rustbelt has also spurred interest in ramping up Chinese economic ties with North Korea, according to Adam Cathcart, an expert on China-North Korea relations at Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

It's Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons that gives his meeting with Trump such high stakes. One bar offered a special "Bromance" cocktail, at least one street stall hawked a noodle dish in honor of the summit, and cardboard fans and water bottles showed stylized likenesses of Trump and Kim.

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