What's the biggest obstacle to Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un? Trump

South Korean journalists who will visit the nuclear testing site at Punggye-ri arrive at Kalma airport in Wonsan North Korea Thursday. — Reuters

"We have made zero concessions to Chairman Kim and have no intention to do so", Pompeo said.

He was testifying Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The dovish Moon deployed a tactic frequently used by foreign leaders who meet this most mercurial of presidents: flattery.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Trump Tuesday of the sky-high stakes, saying, "The fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge" on the meeting.

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Korea.

"(We) will do our best to convey all on-site situations fully, swiftly and precisely, as we are going there as South Korean media representatives to cover the first step of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a pool reporter said just before departure.

Pompeo on Monday detailed 12 demands that Trump expects Iran to meet as part of a new deal he hopes to negotiate, and that the USA would impose the toughest sanctions in history to bring that about.

"A bad deal is not an option".

"While the U.S. has instinctive resistance against the North, it will realize that I'm not the type of person who would use nuclear weapons on the South, the Pacific or the U.S.", Kim told Moon at their April 27 summit.

Pompeo also touched on an issue that was once central to the administration's campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, but has been rarely mentioned by US officials since Trump agreed to the summit: human rights.

Mr Pompeo has twice met Mr Kim in Pyongyang.

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Asked whether there has been a breakthrough between the two Koreas, a Cheong Wa Dae official said while they could not reveal the details, there are "various analyses" that have convinced Moon that the talks would resume.

But Kim "has shared candidly that he understands that economic growth for his people, the well-being of his people, depends on a strategic shift".

How did the mood sour last week?

Pompeo says previous USA administrations had been "fooled before and we can't permit that to happen again".

Pyongyang then accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of making "reckless statements" for his suggestion that the North could follow a "Libya model" of denuclearisation.

"That model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely".

But the South Korean press corps were left off the flight after Seoul said they had received no word from Pyongyang in recent days on whether their reporters had been accepted.

Why does the Singapore summit matter so much?

Xi and Kim met in the northeastern city of Dalian in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader on May 8.

North Korea's last-minute acceptance of South Korean reporters came amid concerns that Kim was starting to back away from his promise to scrap the nuclear programme, which it has pursued in defiance of years of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Nobody knew about the meeting and all of a sudden it was reported that he was in China a second time, he said. North Korea abruptly canceled talks with South Korea last week and threatened to call of the summit in a dispute over the pace and scope of any "denuclearization" deal. Details of what will actually happen during the closure are sparse, but observers have expressed concern that Pyongyang is showing the closure of the site to journalists but not to global nuclear inspectors.

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