Trump accepts Singapore president's invitation for state visit in November

Marsha Scott
June 14, 2018

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the ultimate goal of USA policy in the DPRK remains complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

United States president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are preparing for an unprecedented summit in Singapore that could define the fate of millions as well as their own political futures. Security is tight throughout Singapore, with armed police roaming the streets and motorcades of the global delegations bringing traffic to a standstill.

Details were not shared about how the discussions have progressed so far and Trump and Kim have yet to meet face-to-face.

Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 8 p.m. "We're going in with a very positive attitude, and I think we're going to come out fine", said the President.

The White House announced Monday that Trump will leave Singapore earlier than originally planned, saying negotiations with North Korea have moved "more quickly than expected".

After that secretive summit, Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe the hawkish security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks.

"The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed".

That according to a senior official in President Donald Trump's administration.

"Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its mass-destruction programs". China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

The two leaders are expected to discuss possible denuclearisation efforts, peace and stabilty.

The Secretary of State said North Korea has unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of its relationship with the USA as he promised economic opportunities post denuclearisation. Laboriously negotiated past nuclear deals, considered breakthroughs at the time, broke down on North Korea's extreme sensitivity to allowing in outsiders to look at whether they're dismantling their nuclear facilities, many of which are thought to be hidden.

Kim is set to meet Tuesday with Trump in what's shaping up to be one of the most unusual summits in modern history.

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One dispatch by the Korean Central News Agency said North Korea and the USA would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing new relations, building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism", achieving denuclearisation and "other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era".

He and Mr Trump are set to meet on Tuesday morning in the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting USA president. -North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure the American are not actually spies.

Choe and Kim's teams met at a separate chic hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, in Singapore for more than 90 minutes Monday. "They are the protagonists", Guterres told reporters.

While President Donald Trump met Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, negotiators from Pyongyang and Washington made final preparations on the eve of the unprecedented summit between Kim Jong-un and the U.S. president. The president said some of those allies are taking advantage of the United States on Trump, and that he responded harshly to Trudeau because the prime minister had criticized him after the G-7 meetings.

Lee told CNN that his country is paying some of North Korea's bill, following reports of questions over who would pick up the tab.

Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom also said Monday that Moon has no plans yet to speak with Trump after the meeting.

In May, Trump cancelled the meeting with Kim, blaming hostility and anger displayed by North Korea regarding the US-South Korea "Max Thunder" military drills.

This is only the fourth time Kim Jong-un has traveled outside of North Korea since becoming its dictator seven years ago.

President Donald Trump has thanked the prime minister of Singapore for hosting Tuesday's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"What he is prepared to deal and how an agreement can be worked out, well, that's a complicated matter".

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: "Well, I think the minimum would be relationship".

"Trump and Kim both need a "gift" to bring home", Boo said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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