Whether they can arrive at a draft communique will likely determine whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump can make a deal at their meeting on Tuesday.
US and North Korean officials huddled throughout Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs Choi Sun-hee (third from left) arrives at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore to continue talks with the American ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim.
Negotiators scramble to put something together for Trump and Kim
The motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore on Sunday on June 10, 2018, after his meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Chairman Kim yesterday held a meeting with Prime Minister Lee.
"Thanks PM Lee for spending $20 million of taxpayers money, which can. help a lot of needy families in Singapore to survive", posted one Facebook user. The meeting was initially meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, but the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-you session.More news: Kim's enjoying him-selfie! North Korean leader's late-night sightseeing trip
Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea.
"We've got a very interesting meeting. tomorrow, and I just think it's going to work out very nicely", Trump said. He most recently travelled there a year ago as a private citizen.
But the South's Winter Olympics in February were the catalyst for a flurry of diplomatic moves as South Korea's dovish leader Moon Jae-in sought to bring the two sides together, holding two summits of his own with Kim in the Demilitarized Zone that divides Korea. Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty.More news: Ministers win key Brexit bill vote after concession
The North Korea state run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said Tuesday's meeting would discuss "wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula".
The fighting ended on July 27, 1953, but the war technically continues today because instead of a difficult-to-negotiate peace treaty, military officers for the US -led United Nations, North Korea and China signed an armistice that halted the fighting.
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