A look at what to expect from the Kim-Trump summit

Leroy Wright
June 15, 2018

"People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very risky problem for the world", Trump said.

So far, the U.S. has offered no indication that it has reached a substantive preliminary agreement with North Korea on how to achieve the "complete and verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization that Pompeo reconfirmed on Monday the U.S. is seeking. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction. those measures will increase".

The summit, the US-DPRK will be held on June 12 in Singapore, he will be the first ever meeting between the leader of North Korea and the current President of the United States. As one of the North's state mouthpieces indicated, Pyongyang wants to find effective ways to end America's hostilities through normalization of ties, establishment of a peace regimen and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The fact that the leaders of North Korea and the US arrived in Singapore yesterday marks the official beginning of the summit and that is highly significant".

Both Trump and Kin Jong Un have already arrived in Singapore. But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations. I think that he's going to surprise on the upside. "The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world".

Trump, too, has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

Kim spent the day out of view, but was reportedly going on an evening tour of attractions on the city's waterfront, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

"President Moon and President Trump agreed Trump and Kim will be able to make a great achievement if the two leaders come together to find a common denominator through frank discussions", Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eu-kyeom told reporters.

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the USA provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

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North Korea has previously said it was willing to discuss denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, but experts worry about the different definitions of the term held by Washington and Pyongyang.

The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days for foreign policy for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the Group of 7 industrialized economies in Canada to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, he lobbed insults at the G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

In a statement, the White House said Mr Trump would speak to the media before departing for the U.S. at 8:00pm.

"We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said.

President Trump had just left Canada after the G7 summit.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected" but gave no details.

If that's the approach Trump is instinctively drawn to, U.S. officials and experts worry Trump could make the concession in his first meeting with Kim.

"I'm very optimistic we will have a successful outcome with the two leaders", he said.

Trump's lashing out at the European Union and Trudeau - who Trump's advisers said had stabbed him in the back - comes after he has repeatedly praised Kim.

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