Singapore authorities have chose to allocate a special area which is fenced off from 10 to 14 June for a planned summit between U.S. President Donald trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN. In the DMZ, the US Ambassador's delegation continues diplomatic negotiations with the North Korean delegation. It was also the site of a milestone meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in 2015.
In the past, North Koreans have said denuclearization should include cutbacks on the USA -led defense umbrella that protects South Korea.
"I think [Kim] didn't realize who Donald Trump was at that time, I guess, until he started to read the book and started to get to understand him". "It's embarrassing that a state leader has to ask another leader in resolving the sovereignty of his people".
The full agenda for the summit hasn't yet been announced.
Trump said last week he expected an eventual "very positive result" with North Korea but dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore, saying it could take several meetings to reach an agreement.
He said that economic aid or financial compensation for Japan's 35-year colonization of Korea could be attractive, but noted that North Korea now has other potential sources of assistance. Japan says at least 17 Japanese were abducted and possibly more.
He also spent three weeks at Turning point in 2014 after returning from North Korea, where he organised an exhibition basketball game involving retired NBA players for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The Southeast Asian city-state serves as a regional headquarters for many large USA companies and US navy vessels use its port facilities.
Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Thursday, the Singapore government said, days before it plays host to the leaders of North Korea and the United States at a summit.
Experts have voiced concern that despite Trump's claim to be the world's greatest dealmaker, he knows little about North Korea, arms control or worldwide diplomacy.