House Dems encourage 'incremental progress' at Trump-Kim summit

House Dems encourage 'incremental progress' at Trump-Kim summit

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Kim smiled as he took a selfie with Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the scenic waterfront Gardens by the Bay.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, the president sounded optimistic, telling Lee, "We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely". And Trump himself has played down hopes that the summit can solve all bilateral problems in one go: "It will be a beginning..."

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested U.S. sanctions and other worldwide pressure will continue until North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization. On several occasions in May, the U.S. had said it was likely that the meeting would be delayed, but the biggest hurdle was when the United States had called off the summit.

Instead, Trump has boasted of the planned meeting as a great coup, something he managed to obtain where others before have tried and failed.

Pompeo added the U.S.is "hopeful" the summit will "set the conditions for future productive talks".

"We're prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them", he said.

The meetings also served as an ice breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal US-North Korea contact.

The commemorative coin issued ahead of the US-North Korea summit. Mr Kim is reported to be flying out even earlier, at 14:00 local time (6pm NZT). Another Rodman trip to North Korea was sponsored by online betting company Paddy Power, but that firm severed ties with Rodman in 2013 after taking heat for associating with the North Korean regime.


Officials of the two sides held last-minute talks to lay the groundwork for the summit of the old foes, an event nearly unthinkable just months ago, when they were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

US President Donald Trump announced he will be leaving Singapore early because the talks had moved "more quickly than expected".

Gorka said first, he expects a "symbolic" outcome relating to the potential end of the Korean War. After the meeting, this could make it hard to verify what's said and whether any promises were made. They also say by winning the prestige of a meeting with the world's most powerful leader, Mr Kim has already gained a victory. "I'll tell you what the Marshall wants more than anything".

Sentosa, where the meeting between Trump and Kim will be held, is a former British military fort and now, a tourist attraction with a Universal Studio theme park.

The trip to Singapore - nearly 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) south of Pyongyang - represents Kim's farthest trip from home since taking power after his father's death in 2011.

The administration's long-term goal is what is described in diplomatic-speak as "complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement" of the North's nuclear weapons arsenal and its long-range missile fleet. Kim visited China twice this year, but the North's media made them public only after he returned to Pyongyang. But the White House said he will instead leave at about 8pm on Tuesday - nearly 15 hours earlier.

In return, Kim, said to be in his mid-thirties, called Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

Mr Kim inspecting the honour guard in Pyongyang before departing for Singapore on June 10, 2018.

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