President Donald Trump's on-again, off-again meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on again and set for Tuesday in Singapore. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the first days after the summit date was set, spoke of US private investment in North Korea, should Kim agree to denuclearization.
The upcoming meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, the White House confirmed.
"I think within the first minute, I'll know", Trump said, further explaining that it would be "just, my touch, my feel - That's what I do".
He added, "If they retaliate they are making a tremendous mistake". I don't think they will try and kick out the president. However, the United States president noted that G8 format was more meaningful than G7, adding that he would be positive if Russian Federation returns in the bloc.
"The most likely scenario is that they will squeeze out a semblance of an agreement that maps out no specific road map to denuclearization but serves as some sort of starting point that would allow them to talk about the details going forward", said Tsuneo Watanabe, a senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
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It also comes as President Donald Trump continues to court Beijing in his efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Navy officials to develop new weapons such as supersonic anti-ship missiles.
By giving Kim the respect that comes with interaction on an "equal footing", Trump has front-loaded symbolic expressions of his intent to improve relations, end the Korean war, and reduce military tensions on the peninsula - presumably in return for North Korea to indicate their intent to denuclearize.
A black-and-white photo taken more than six decades ago shows North and South Korea coming together to sign armistice documents - which put a stop to roughly three years of fighting between the two countries - but didn't necessarily end the Korean War. "When the government says, there is prosperity in terms of food and rice, we see it ourselves and see that there is a drought and there is no food for us", Kim said. While U.S. intelligence officials know little about Kim and his regime, which tightly controls news and information in North Korea, analysts said Kim is sure to be studying Trump's large cache of public statements for clues as to how to negotiate with him. "We're going in with a very positive attitude and I think we're going to come out fine", he added.
Kristof says that a diplomat once told him, "the job of leaders at a summit is to pull rabbits out of hats, and the job of the Sherpas preparing for the summit is to stuff the hats with the rabbits - and there isn't really time for that".
Mr Trump already has two big wins to show his domestic audience - he welcomed home three USA detainees on their release from North Korea and can show them Pyongyang's destruction of its only nuclear test site. "That's what I do", Trump told reporters at a news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea, while in his previous role as CIA Director.
"If that's Kim's proposition, it means Pyongyang's arsenal of missiles and nuclear weapons developed before that will still exist", he said.