Trump thanks Singaporean leader for hosting summit with Kim

Trump thanks Singaporean leader for hosting summit with Kim

"The great risk is that Kim badly botches his meeting with Trump, other North Korean officials seem to be stalling, and the U.S. delegation gets the sense they are being taken advantage of".

The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.

"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely", Trump said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Monday that North Korea should approach this week's summit with Trump with "awareness".

Pointing to Iran-Russia consultations on the Syrian crisis and its future, Ghasemi said talks are ongoing, and most recently, the presidents of the two countries met and talked on the sidelines SCO summit in China about regional issues, especially the issue of Syria.

The meetings were also serving as a sort of ice breaker, with the teams working to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S.

Many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon its cherished nuclear weapons. -North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure the American are not actually spies.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.

Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, spent the morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

Less than a year ago, Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively. "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals". Kim is hoping Trump will relieve the economic sanctions that have crippled the North Korean economy.


Kim has offered to deal away his nuclear arsenal but doubts remain over whether he is truly willing to give up his nukes or is using the summit to weaken USA -led sanctions against his country.

As he was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

On the summit, Trump tweeted just once, saying there was "excitement in the air".

"North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearise and we are eager to see if those words prove honest".

Trump said June 9 that he expects to know "within the first minute" of their meeting if Kim is serious about giving up his weapons.

"I think we should take some optimism from that reporting", a White House official told ABC News.

Pompeo, however, stressed the president was "fully prepared".

Other foreign policy analysts said the failure of the G7 summit suggests Trump may not be able to strike a deal beneficial to the United States with anyone.

Although summit meetings between potential enemies are generally a positive indicator for war risks, they are largely symbolic and do not necessarily point to a shift in the conflicting motivations and strategic interests of the countries involved. The US may also look for North Korea to declare the existence and location of all the elements of its nuclear program.

Earlier, the US President has expressed keenness about his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and called it a "one-time opportunity".

Many South Korean outlets have in the last few days reported the possibility of a trilateral summit between the US and the two Koreas on the sidelines of this week's Kim-Trump meeting.

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