The Trump-Kim peace summit has been downgraded to a half-day

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

"I'm very confident that relationships between our countries, the United States and those G-7 countries, will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Mr. Pompeo told reporters, speaking in advance of Mr. Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Less than two days before his tête-a-tête with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president who initially welcomed the idea that his efforts might net him a Nobel Prize was downplaying the possibility that Tuesday's meeting would lead to any major breakthroughs.

The first-ever meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday local time, 9 p.m. ET Monday in the US, with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond. The article also stresses the need for confidentiality - meaning Trump will have to resist tweeting the minutes of the meeting. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Top members of Trump's administration have said that the North Koreans wouldn't receive any benefits before taking steps to denuclearize - wary of falling into the same predicament that doomed previous agreements with the rogue regime.

Pompeo also said that Trump had called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

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".

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Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit.

"These discussions that will take place tomorrow between Chairman Kim and President Trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow".

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

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

The White House wouldn't release any names ahead of Tuesday's summit.

All eyes are on Singapore for this event, with 2,500 journalists from all over the world descending onto the city-state to cover the summit. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.

"The nuclear testing has got them to the point where they now get this meeting", he said. But at Pompeo's two meetings with Kim in Pyongyang earlier this year, the translator role was filled by Andrew Kim, a Korean-American and former CIA Seoul station chief.

So far the market doesn't seem to have much faith in Trump.

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