"I am very confident that the relationships between our countries. will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Pompeo told a news briefing ahead of an unprecedented summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Though Trump has been criticized for his failure to demand more concessions from North Korea before agreeing to a face-to-face meeting, which experts say gives Kim the sort of legitimacy on the global stage he desires, downplaying expectations does two things.
But the two leaders also share some parallels.
"He is going to make a basic assessment.is this guy serious or is, as some people think, this all a ruse and a North Korean deception?"
The official did not rule out the possibility that additional activities could be added to tomorrow's schedule, beyond the two planned meetings with Kim, ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports. Here's more on the challenges the interpreters could face.
A diplomatic source in Seoul told newspaper Chosun Ilbo: 'There was some trepidation about flying the 4,800 km distance aboard Kim Jong-un's own aging plane, so a third country is expected to supply it'.
The short answer is nobody knows for sure.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two-hour meeting on Monday morning was "substantive and detailed". The Canadian, Michael Spavor, ended up serving as the pair's personal interpreter.
Hundreds of North Korean security experts have no doubt been up nights wondering how to safeguard Kim Jong Un since Trump shocked the world by accepting the North's invitation to meet.
Spavor did not return TIME's request for comment on the trip.
Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday.
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Even now, many experts doubt assurances by South Korea and the U.S. that Kim really intends to talk about eliminating his nuclear weapons program and believe he may be bent instead on easing pressure on his impoverished state and retaining as much of his arsenal as possible.
There was a sweet ending to the working lunch: an early birthday cake for Trump.
Images from the G7 summit on June 8 and 9, suggest that's not quite the case.
On the streets, Kim and Trump impersonators thrilled around 100 fans who paid $10 to take selfies at Bugis Junction mall at the weekend.
Asked by VOA News if he will bring up North Korea's egregious human rights record - including its system of gulags for civilians deemed enemies of the state - and the unresolved fate of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents over the decades, Trump replied, "We're going to bring everything up".
Should such shade be thrown, Hankuk University's Edge says it's unlikely Kim's interpreters would translate it literally.
In his public statements, Mr. Trump has shown gradually greater flexibility toward North Korea, saying he viewed its disarmament as a "process", rather than something to be done all at once, and disavowing the phrase "maximum pressure", after making it the centerpiece of his policy.
The summit - the first between a sitting United States president and any North Korean Leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults. The president has appointed his daughter Ivanka as an assistant and her husband Jared Kushner is a close adviser, while his son Donald Jr was part of his election campaign. "Of course, the message is being delivered but in a more formal way".
Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim's younger sister, was also spotted in his delegation. The president has consistently predicted success, even as his definition of that has grown foggier.
Instead of "rocket man", Trump has been calling Kim a "very honorable" man.
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