Amid an uncertain outcome, US President Donald Trump and North Korean premier Kim Jong-Un is set to hold the first-ever meeting between leaders of the two countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, in what is being billed as the mother of all summits.
If things go well, South Korea's Moon may seek a trilateral summit with Trump and Kim on July 27 to mark the anniversary of the Korean War armistice signed on that day in 1953, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
The host country, Singapore, will be responsible for security in the public spaces around the island and on roads leading to and from the meeting, while the United States and North Korea will oversee the safety of their leaders.
North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.
The talks will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme. In 1948, reunification negotiations failed between North Korea and South Korea, and separate governments were formed, with Kim Il Sung being chosen as the first supreme leader of North Korea.
Kay Dong, president of the Korean-American Citizens League of New England, hopes there are more meetings between the two leaders in the future.
The meeting came only months after the two men traded nuclear taunts, ratcheting up tensions and leading to fears of war.
After a flurry of diplomatic overtures that eased tension, the leaders are headed for a history-making handshake that USA officials hope could eventually lead to the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear programme that threatens the United States. Kim Dae-jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his efforts.
Following the meeting, Pompeo will travel to Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul to brief regional powers on the talks. Six officials were convicted of making illegal worldwide payments, and the scandal tainted Kim Dae-jung's legacy. Its human rights record and defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions over the years have earned it a reputation as the world's most risky - and worst-behaved - country. North Korea admitted to enriching uranium in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it subsequently withdrew from in 2003.
Washington is demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. The regime reacted negatively to that development. As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage.
North Korea then resumed nuclear development and expelled global inspectors in 2009. Missile tests, nuclear tests, and sinking a South Korean warship followed, causing the United Nations to impose even tougher sanctions. During the 1960s North Korea saw a relatively high standard of living, even outperforming South Korea. Choe is the Vice Foreign Minister for the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
Kim announced late previous year that his country had obtained the ability to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon, and soon afterwards sought talks with South Korea on participating in the Winter Olympics.
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The North Korean leader has also said he now wants to focus on building the country's economy - and wants sanctions relief and worldwide investment.