Trump set to meet with Kim one-on-one, sets early departure

Roman Schwartz
June 12, 2018

More than 2,500 journalists are in Singapore to cover the event.

Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed.

North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs Choi Sun-hee (third from left) arrives at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore to continue talks with the American ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim.

In some instances, past deals struck by previous US administrations with North Korea paused - but failed to roll back - North Korea's program, which has only grown over the years.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is the highest-ranking official on the list who has met Kim before. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with USA and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.

The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached. But it will only be the beginning of a longer process. The safety precaution seems extreme until you remember that both Nikhita Krushev and Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly unintentionally gave the Central Intelligence Agency stool samples during visits to the U.S.

USA and North Korean officials are set to meet Monday morning in Singapore to make final preparations for Tuesday's meeting.

After greeting each other before the cameras, Trump and Kim will kick off their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday with a one-on-one meeting, the White House said on the eve of the summit.

But the 34-year-old North Korean leader also brought a group of trusted lieutenants to Singapore, with at least four high-powered women including his own sister.

Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.

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President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

In March, Trump accepted Kim's invitation to meet, breaking with predecessors who had shunned any type of a summit without major concessions from North Korea or multilateral talks that included a host of other Asian countries.

Trump initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile program that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

With much of the world focused on the historic summit between the two leaders, Trump also made sure to press his case that his administration had been good for the US economy. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

It's unclear what Trump and Kim might decide Tuesday.

He said about half of the cost is for security.

"The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed - the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of the Korea peninsula is only outcome that the United States will accept", declared Pompeo.

Trump has blamed past presidents for failing to resolve tensions with North Korea as it has pursued a nuclear program, testing missiles in displays of posturing and provocation.

The rare public appearance of Kim, waving and smiling to onlookers, adds to the more affable image of the young leader that has emerged since his summit in April with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

The US president and the leader of DPRK are quite different people.

It is the first time sitting leaders from both countries have ever met and marks a remarkable turnaround in the men's personal relationship.

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