Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Kim Trump summit: Leaders meet in Singapore

Kim Trump summit: Leaders meet in Singapore

New details of the agenda have been released.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G7.

What are the talks about?

-North Korea summit in Singapore.

"They have to de-nuke". Two translators will be joining them.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before". Mr Trump says signing a peace agreement would probably be "the easy part".

How did we get here?

Mr. Trump canceled the summit in late May after North Korea suddenly hurled invective at Washington - and specifically National Security Adviser John R. Bolton - for suggesting that Pyongyang's complete denuclearization must happen quickly along a "Libya model".

It is an outcome that seemed unimaginable less than a year ago - when Mr Trump and Mr Kim exchanged streams of fiery insults - and North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the worldwide community. "We have the potential now to go from "fire and fury" with regards to this issue to potentially peace and prosperity". North Korea has spent decades building up a nuclear arsenal at great cost.


North Korean leaders, who have been subject to some of the world's toughest ever sanctions, have long wanted to meet with the USA president, in part because of the worldwide legitimacy such a summit would provide.

Pompeo travelled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face.

Still, the road to the Singapore talks has been far from smooth. On several occasions in May, the United States had said it was likely that the meeting would be delayed, but the biggest hurdle was when the USA had called off the summit. The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, but North Korea is widely expected to resist that and it is unclear what it might ask for in return.

Yet while both sides agree that these are the core objectives, previous accords have broken down because of disagreements over what these things actually mean in practice and over the timeline for implementation.

The US wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in an irreversible manner that can be verified by the global community. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

"I don't think it's fair to raise people's expectations unnecessarily", he said. His sessions with Kim amounted to the most robust contact ever between the United States and the North Korean leader, providing critical information about a man about whom little is known.

Still, the U.S. is not necessarily expecting to get a final deal in Singapore. "To all Americans and the rest of the world I'm honored to call President Trump a friend", he said.

The Senate letter, led by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement Dem lawmaker: Trump conceding "role as leader of the free world" after G-7 summit Schumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an worldwide joke" MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSchumer: Obama "very amenable" to helping Senate Dems in midterms The Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea?

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