POMPEO: North Korean Negotiations Moving Along ‘RAPIDLY’ in Singapore

Marco Green
June 11, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, at the Istana in Singapore on Sunday. They'll be joined later by their staffs for an expanded meeting and a working lunch.

Shanmugam is Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs and he has the responsibility to make sure that the summit, the first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean top leader, goes without a hitch from the security point of view.

Kim met with Lee on Sunday. The president arrived in Asia having blown up relations with US allies - and personally with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - over trade and Russian Federation, announcing via Twitter en route to Singapore that he'd withdraw from a joint agreement covering climate change and other issues. For the North, Kim Jong Un has already won a huge propaganda bonus by merely having the summit and sitting down as an equal with the USA president, an accomplishment his father and grandfather sought but could never realize.

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

Anti-war civic group activists attend a rally to support the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea, in front of USA embassy in Seoul, South Korea.

The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.

This picture taken on June 8, 2018 shows Kim Hee-hyun, a 30-year-old South Korean worker - who is indifferent about the Trump-Kim summit, during a street interview with AFP in Seoul.

Rodman announced on Twitter that he would be attending the summit in Singapore to give "whatever support is needed to my friends" referring to both Trump and Kim. "The haters, they say, 'Oh, you're giving him a meeting, '" Trump said.

Kim also stopped by the Marina Bay Sands, a hotel-casino owned by GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, CBS News reported. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee.

Delegations from both sides are making final preparations before the meeting.

Trump's early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.

Unlike most other publications, USA Today had a different outlook of the Trump-Kim meeting.

"We have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World", Trump tweeted from Air Force One en route to Singapore, predicting that counterpart Kim Jong Un "will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before".

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

"I can only say this", Pompeo said. Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease global sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those worlds prove honest", Pompeo said.

Other young South Koreans said they were too preoccupied with their search for work to pay attention to diplomacy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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