White House: North Korea talks moving 'more quickly than expected'

Alicia Cross
June 12, 2018

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the US and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the USA and North Korea.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore for his meeting with Kim, telling reporters he felt "very good" about the upcoming summit. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

The summit is seemingly created to focus on North Korea's nuclear arsenal, though the details surrounding it remain hazy and it's not clear exactly what Trump and Kim will discuss when they initially meet.

A man walks past a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), at a train station in Seoul on June 11, 2018. He has also said that North Korea would benefit economically after sanctions are lifted.

"Prime Minister Lee welcomed Chairman Kim to Singapore". Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!"

Trump and his senior aides have tried to manage expectations for the first meeting between sitting US and North Korean leaders, saying the two sides are unlikely on Tuesday to sign a final pact to disarm the Asian country.

Pompeo also expressed confidence of a "successful outcome" but said that the summit would also lead to a lot more to be done in the path ahead, providing a "framework for the hard work that will follow".

As many foreign policy experts, religious leaders, and human rights advocates have pointed out, denuclearizing the Korean peninsula is a critical security goal.

He visited North Korea over the Easter weekend while still in his role as Central Intelligence Agency director, meeting with Kim Jong Un to begin planning the summit. "We would be in a situation in which we were once again talking preventive strikes and the South Koreans would be caught in the middle". A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations.

The secrecy of the North Korean leader's health is, apparently, paramount.

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At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump will participate in a media availability before departing tomorrow at approximately 8 p.m. for the United States. Trump had previously said the talks might extend beyond the first day.

"I think the minimum would be a relationship".

It was a far cry from past year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US President as the "mentally deranged US dotard".

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.

The summit represents a major gamble for each leader, a high-wire act that carries the elevated potential for risk and reward that Trump has become increasingly comfortable with.

Upon his arrival in Singapore, Rodman told reporters he wasn't sure if he would meet Kim. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.

Trump, however, has invited pressure and left little room to achieve more than what he suggests is realistic.

"It's unknown territory in the truest sense but I really feel confident", Trump said. "That's what I do". Mr. Trudeau especially objected to the Trump administration's justification of the tariffs, saying Ottawa isn't a national security threat to Washington.

Not all US officials have joined Messrs.

North Korea, it concludes, can only "actively contribute to world peace and human wellbeing", by engaging with other nations. Pyongyang's weapons program benefits from forced labor. In an op-ed, the Associated Press has expressed doubts that Kim "would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival".

Any nuclear deal would hinge on the North's willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country's warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.

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