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Donald Trump 'optimistic' ahead of one-on-one talks with Kim Jong

Donald Trump 'optimistic' ahead of one-on-one talks with Kim Jong

That evening, he said in a tweet that "great progress" was already being made and that denuclearization - "not just a freeze" - was on the table.

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees. Any deal would likely depend on North Korea's willingness to open its facilities for inspection.

"It's unknown territory, in the truest sense", Trump said during the G-7.

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Trump and other top USA officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement.

That came as Trump threw the Group of Seven's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry. Trump has offered few details of what a framework for that process would look like.

Last year, the North made one of the biggest breakthroughs in its missile and nuclear weapons programs - which it says it needs to defend against the risk of a US invasion - when it announced that it had "completed" its state nuclear program after testing a missile capable of striking most, if not all, of the continental U.S. Last week, Trump expressed his hope for the normalization of relations with Pyongyang following the summit and did not rule out the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.

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The top news lately has instead been tremendously mundane, all things considered - a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang.

The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.

The president's rhetoric has not mirrored that of his new secretary of state.

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"If I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time", he said.

It's a dramatic departure for Trump, who kicked off 2018 bragging that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.

Trump told reporters in Canada on Saturday any agreement with Kim would be "spur of the moment", underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a "mission of peace".

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"They may be able to pull rabbits out of a hat that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do", he said.


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