Trump to speak after historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

12 June, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attend a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore

The Trump-Kim summit, which will be held at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday morning, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting USA president.

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".

Instead, Pompeo suggested the summit, while historic, might yield little in the way of concrete success other than to pave the way for more meetings in the future.

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.

At former President Ronald Reagan's first meeting with then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 1985, the two men met alone with only trusted translators. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the USA envoy to the Philippines, and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

In another article, the newspaper does not hide its disdain for Trump's "zero prep work" for the meeting and also credits Kim Jong-un as "the real artist" of the summit.

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

He said the USA would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification the key part of any deal. He later strolled along the harbor at the heart of the central business district with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a selfie with Kim.


His sister and close aide Kim Yo Jong is believed to have used it to travel separately to Singapore, echoing the USA practice of presidents and vice-presidents generally never flying together on Air Force One - or any other aircraft - to ensure one of them survives in the event of disaster.

Last year, it would have been a rare sight to see a North Korean flag flying anywhere in Asia.

"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

Gorka also said that he was "very disappointed" in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following his remarks after the G7 Summit over the weekend.

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747. He told reporters, "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

The North Korean dictator was surrounded by heavy security as he visited the luxury Marina Bay Sands hotel-casino. The highly-anticipated talks had been put at risk when, on May 24, Trump announced he was canceling the meeting with Kim due to Pyongyang's hostile rhetoric.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing". Mr. Trump said last week that Rodman had not been invited to the summit.

He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States. But U.S. officials have since avoided such lofty declarations. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".

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