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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier Monday that the U.S.is "prepared to make security assurances" for North Korea if it denuclearizes.

Just hours before US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korea's supreme leader, the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned that before any deals are made, Kim should be aware that Washington is known for breaking agreements.

Pompeo spoke to journalists Monday evening, calling the summit "truly a mission of peace" and saying that the USA president is "going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude and eagerness for real progress". "We are here after overcoming all these", said Kim.

Kim, dressed in a dark suit, and Trump, sporting a red tie, talked at a corner in the hotel corridor for a few minutes, before they walked along the passage into the meeting room and sat down in front of journalists.

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Mr Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Mr Kim, who said he and Mr Trump had "decided to leave the past behind".

A White House read-out of Trump's meetings with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today did not include mention of a state visit.

Word of the private meeting unleashed a torrent of criticism on social media from national security veterans who worry the lack of a transcript will create a he-said-he-said showdown that could turn into a major headache for Trump. Both Trump and Kin Jong Un have already arrived in Singapore.

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.

She said their belief is that it occurred "because South Korea attacked them, which is not true".

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"Now we have this meeting".

However, concerns surrounding trade relations between the United States and other nations, including its allies, are likely to continue to weigh on investor sentiment, experts said. "We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years".

Pompeo also noted that the U.S.is "prepared" to make "security assurances" to Kim ensuring the survival of his regime because the US deems them "necessary and appropriate".

Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, the ex-basketball player said he thinks the North Korean leader "has bigger things to worry about than seeing me right now". "These discussions. will set the framework for the hard work that will follow".

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West Berkshire Councillor Virginia von Celsing (Con, Compton) was also appointed an MBE for public and political service. He said he was "deeply touched to receive this honor from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy".

It was not immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between USA and North Korean officials.

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