Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

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USA and North Korean officials were in talks in Singapore on Monday in a late bid to narrow differences before their leaders hold an unprecedented summit meeting aimed at finding ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

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

During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Trump's birthday.

Trump responded to such commentary on Twitter, saying: "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the US, say the haters & losers".

Despite the summit now being back on, that deal and others by countries that have been part of global nuclear deals - such as Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union, and Iran in 2015 - will also loom large over the discussions. But the White House said he will instead leave at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday -almost 15 hours earlier.

"It's the case in each of those two countries there are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude and those two people are going to be sitting in the room together tomorrow", said Pompeo. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said. Trump is to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and a few others.

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the ultimate goal of USA policy in the DPRK remains complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo won't say whether Trump would consider withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula.

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"I can only say this, " Pompeo said. 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.

President Trump holds up the menu as he attends a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore on June 11, 2018.

Meanwhile, diplomats from the United States and North Korea met behind closed doors at The Ritz-Carlton hotel, in a bid to narrow their differences ahead of the Trump-Kim summit tomorrow.

Meanwhile, US and North Korean officials huddled at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Kim said through an interpreter: "It wasn't easy for us to come here".

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.

- Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are ready to shake hands, sit down face-to-face and ... do what exactly? Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.

"We are going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success". One man exclaimed, "I know that Singapore is a very hot country so I wish that our respected marshal stays healthy and comes back in good health".

His nuclear program sparked a war of words with Trump previous year after it was believed to have gained the capability to hit the mainland USA, though Kim has recently said he shut down any further tests as a gesture of goodwill. Laboriously negotiated past nuclear deals, considered breakthroughs at the time, broke down on North Korea's extreme sensitivity to allowing in outsiders to look at whether they're dismantling their nuclear facilities, many of which are thought to be hidden.