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Ray Hunter | 15 June, 2018, 06:43

As President Trump prepares to participate in an historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, progress in relations between the two countries could open investment opportunities for US companies.

But Pyongyang is demanding as yet unspecified security guarantees and the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, and has not made clear what concessions it is offering over the nuclear arsenal it calls its "treasured sword" to defend against a USA invasion.

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a small resort island off Singapore's port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo said Kim and the North Koreans proclaimed they are willing to denuclearize, and "we are eager to see if those words prove honest".

Iran said Monday that it remains dubious about the prospects for talks between the United States and North Korea, and warned Pyongyang to be highly vigilant about Washington's promises.

Imagine if President George W. Bush had met Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for face-to-face negotiations in January 2003 in Egypt instead of the US -led invasion going ahead two months later and you get a sense of how remarkable this summit is.

The bodyguards first made an appearance in April when they were spotted during the Peace Summit in South Korea.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Mr Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Mr Kim at the St Regis Hotel.

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Gorka agreed with Brian Kilmeade on "Fox & Friends" that the nuclear weapons agreement should be submitted as a verifiable treaty. So number one we save money, a lot, and number two, it really is something that I think they [North Korea] very much appreciate.

Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful". But Moon's spokesman says it's unlikely that such a declaration would take place while Trump and Kim were still in Singapore.

Trump also called the leaders of South Korea and Japan in advance of the summit, Pompeo said. But he says if diplomacy fails to move in the right direction, the sanctions "will increase".

Expectations are low that it will result in a major agreement on the North's nuclear weapons program, but the turn toward diplomacy has tamped down tensions that had raised fear of a nuclear war a year ago. He came and he said 'thank you for hosting and we hope that will be a historic occasion.' I think he wants to go onto a new path.

Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Mr Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

Kim, meanwhile, has received a reception usually only experienced by rockstars, with crowds fighting to see him as he toured Singapore overnight.

The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Although summit meetings between potential enemies are generally a positive indicator for war risks, they are largely symbolic and do not necessarily point to a shift in the conflicting motivations and strategic interests of the countries involved.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Trump said he was looking forward to meet Kim and added that the summit would be good for both the world peace and dictatorship.

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