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Dennis Rodman looks out at the court at the end of an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore could "work out very nicely" as officials from both countries met to narrow differences on how to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

DPRK stands for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman.

What didn't: None of the objectives in the 2007 peace agreement ever materialized, due to North Korea's continued nuclear and missile testing and the election of more conservative South Korean presidents who opted to take a harder line on the North. The two posed for pictures briefly before walking over to an awning and appeared quite cordial in their greeting, both smiling as they shook hands for a second time. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

Kim could be heard saying, "Nice to meet you Mr. President".

Kim, through his translator, said there were a lot of obstacles to get to this moment, but they made it.

Watch our comprehensive coverage of the Trump-Kim summit live on YouTube from 7am on Tuesday (Jun 12).

Kim, 72, has been Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser since the North Korean leader began a peace offensive with the USA and South Korea in January.

Responding to a reporter's question on the subject, the secretary of state added that the U.S.is "prepared to take actions that will provide [North Korea] sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them".

El líder norcoreano Kim Jong-un y el presidente de EEUU Donald Trump
AFP 2018 Saul Loeb World Follows Every Step of Historic Trump Kim Summit

Trump's motorcade pulled into the grounds of the Capella Hotel at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday local time. "But I really believe that we have the potential to do something incredible for the world".

The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said.

The meeting is also a striking departure for a relationship that just months ago was defined by highly personal insults and rhetoric that seemed to raise the possibility for imminent military confrontation.

Kim Yong Chol's rise has baffled many North Korea watchers because he is the ruling Workers' Party official in charge of South Korea ties, not worldwide or USA relations.

After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one-on-one meeting that a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.

US President Donald Trump is set to meet tomorrow with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore in one of the stranger diplomatic détentes in post-Cold War history.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected, " but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks.

The US president and the leader of DPRK are quite different people.

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