Trump, Abe agree to 'consult closely' after Singapore summit

Jung Yeon-Je

The summit is a product of months of diplomacy, going back to the meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the end of March. Meanwhile, Mr Kim has called Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

On May 10, Trump announced that he would meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore. At the same time, he'd admitted he didn't believe he required extensive preparation to take stock of Kim.

Foreign Minister Ri, 61, is a career diplomat who served as the chief North Korean delegate to the six-party nuclear talks.

"Everyone in the region wants the summit to go well", says Wang Dong, an associate professor of worldwide studies at Peking University in Beijing.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire United States mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there is also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the U.S. and the North.

But the flurry of diplomatic activity in the run-up to Tuesday's summit highlights the widespread uncertainty felt in Northeast Asia over the region's future.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that happened, Pompeo said. Here's a look at what countries there have at stake.

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between U.S. and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization.

He further stressed the need for joint efforts by the US, North Korea, and South Korea to ensure complete denuclearisation.

This reputation has cost North Korea.

"If we fail to capitalize on this opportunity, the abduction issue will vanish", he said.

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

Trump took keen interest in the pageantry of the day, insisting the pictures beamed around the world reflect a commanding leader making a decisive, world-altering move.

"Yes, Donald Trump reached out", Rodman said, telling Cuomo he'd received a call from a person he described as Trump's secretary.

South Korea: no longer 'driving?'

North Korea was sharply concerned about security leading up to the summit. The meeting could go one, two, or even three days, Trump has told reporters in Washington.

Still, the U.S. is not expecting a final deal in Singapore. Humanitarian and economic steps could follow.

While human rights will get a low billing in Singapore, Trump hasn't totally ignored the issue. But it's unclear how patient he's willing to be. Trump has openly floated the possibility of striking a peace deal formally ending the Korean War 65 years after an armistice ceased military hostilities. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice. He traveled to China twice and to the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

The objective for the North Koreans is just as clear: an end to Washington's "hostile policy" of diplomatic isolation, economic sanctions, and military muscle flexing; the normalization of diplomatic relations with the USA; a formal peace treaty ending the Korean War armistice; and a security guarantee from the Trump administration that regime change and military action is off the table. Trump has reportedly sought options for bringing home some of the 28,500 soldiers stationed there, but the White House has denied reports of it planning to use troops as bargaining chips.

Members of the North Korean dictator's entourage will also be present. It ramped up its nuclear and missile program as a result. "If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable".

But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation. As I've noted in these pages recently, North Korea's ongoing diplomatic charm offensive is motivated by a desire for economic betterment.

A sit-down with the U.S. president is something North Korea has long pushed for. -North Korea ties down the line. A conflict on the Korean Peninsula could send thousands of refugees across the border and into one of the poorest regions of Russian Federation. This gives the meeting great potential and great peril. Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism.

"We will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done", he said.

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