Members of Boston's Korean community were closely watching the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hoping that the meeting will ease tension on the divided peninsula and contribute to eventual reunification.
The system has been set up on North Korea-China border since June 8 with armed soldiers from both countries on special emergency alert, as Pyongyang has asked Beijing to step up security measures in the area, they said.
President Trump has said the best-case scenario is not going to resolve all these issues.
After he took office in January 2017, Trump took a hard line against North Korea, rolling out a campaign of severe United Nations sanctions and trade blockades dubbed "maximum pressure" to get Pyongyang to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Human-rights advocates who lauded Trump when he hosted eight North Korean defectors at the White House days after his State of the Union speech are now uneasy about his engagement with Kim, whom the president recently praised as "very honorable".
Offering a preview to reporters, Pompeo said it could provide "an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity" to North Korea.
North Korea, though, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.
Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday and reached a short agreement that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", but provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up nuclear arms or how that might be verified.
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The North Korean delegation included Kim Yong Chol, a top aide to Kim Jong-un who recently met Trump at the White House.
After a flurry of diplomatic overtures that eased tension, the leaders are headed for a history-making handshake that US officials hope could eventually lead to the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear programme that threatens the United States.
Tuesday's meeting, convened at a luxury hotel on the island of Sentosa, came just three months after Trump accepted North Korea's invitation for talks on the spot.
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The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached. At the same time, he'd admitted he doesn't believe he requires extensive preparation to take stock of Kim.
On Monday morning, the KCNA and the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, gave extensive reports on Kim's departure for Singapore and his meetings with Singaporean officials, including its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.
For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman.
Talks proceeded at multiple levels, including logistical discussions to allay Kim's fears of being deposed while traveling further afield than he ever has before as the country's leader.
Kim told reporters he was able to overcome obstacles to make his way to the Singapore summit.