Two Indian-origin ministers in Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan and K Shanmugam, are playing a key role in facilitating a hassle-free summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the goal of the meeting was the "complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", adding that the US had not received any firm commitment from Pyongyang on exactly what the two sides would agree to.
"We anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated", Mr Pompeo said.
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"I am on a mission of peace and we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people from all", he said. "Those two people will sit in a room tomorrow".
The historic first meeting between a sitting US president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room.
If Trump and Kim fail in Singapore, "the result may be to enhance North Korean dependency on Seoul and Beijing as safety valves against the prospect of renewal of US-(North Korea) confrontation", according to Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Pompeo devoted his prepared remarks (about five minutes) nearly entirely to disputing a New York Times report that the United States lacks the technical expertise to verify North Korean denuclearization.
Pompeo has not said if Trump would consider withdrawing almost 28,000 US troops from the Korean Peninsula. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease worldwide sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.
Hours before the historic summit with US President Donald Trump is set to kick off, Kim Jong-un went out for a walk in Singapore surrounded by a wall of bodyguards. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.
Trump went from one global leadership summit to another this weekend, leaving the G-7 conference in Canada to fly to Singapore. Forging a peace treaty involving South Korea may be another topic of the Trump-Kim meeting.
Its state-run media are reporting extensively on Mr Kim's arrival in Singapore, with KCNA publishing three reports detailing his departure from Pyongyang, arrival in Singapore and meeting with Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting.
The jet carrying Kim landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on this city-state island.