Speaking on the eve of the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, he said that preparatory talks between officials on both sides to narrow differences were advancing more quickly than expected.
Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, the ex-basketball player said he thinks the North Korean leader "has bigger things to worry about than seeing me right now".
Kim has been more cryptic and calculating, with his regime vacillating between welcoming talks with the U.S., ignoring American overtures, and sharply attacking some of Trump's top officials with insults and threats, said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un (centre) touringSingapore's Marina Bay Area overlooking the city-state's skyline.
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.
The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said.
Citizens are traditionally told - pretty much from birth - that the United States and former colonial power Japan are the great enemies of the people of the Korean peninsula.
"You know, the way - they say that you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds".
Rodong Sinmun newspaper also seems to be preparing people for talks with the "enemy", publishing an editorial on North Korea's need to establish relations with other countries.
"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the U.S., and thanks to your honest efforts". She acts as her older brother's assistant at times, having hand-delivered a letter from him to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
In fact, North Korea merely said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down a key testing site. He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel".
Pompeo travelled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face. More recently, Trump has suggested he will raise human rights issues with Kim.
Tom Nichols, a Russian Federation scholar with expertise in Soviet Union-era arms control talks at the Naval War College, said Trump's propensity for falsehoods makes getting an accurate rendering of the conversation essentially impossible. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".
The North has presented Kim's sudden diplomatic overtures to the country's neighbours and the United States as a logical next step and completion of his plan to develop a credible nuclear deterrent in response to what Pyongyang says is a policy of "nuclear blackmail" by Washington.
In short, the USA wants Kim to agree to give up his atomic weapons.
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