Trump Will Leave Summit With North Korea Early

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance

"The North Koreans - and specifically Kim Jong-un - are becoming masters at managing the media, and I suspect will do just fine with all of the intense coverage", Harry J. Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest and executive editor of The National Interest Magazine, said in a statement to The Washington Times.

A second meeting on Tuesday is expected by US officials in Singapore, but not confirmed by North Korean officials.

At the time, the Koreans faced criticism for essentially kicking the issue of North Korea's nuclear arsenal down the road to Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit.

President Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un, the White House said Monday, declaring that nuclear talks with North Korea have moved "more quickly than expected". That armistice has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in a technical state of war. Surrogates have been hitting television for weeks celebrating the very notion of a meeting between Trump and Kim as a foreign policy success, and Trump's campaign has documented the summit progress in weekly emails to supporters. For Kim, one of the chief tasks from the summit - a legitimizing photo-op with a US president - is now all but guaranteed.

Now, Trump plans to hold his first meeting with Kim alone save for a pair of interpreters, heightening concerns he will stray from the approach USA officials hope the President will follow.

Both leaders expressed optimism throughout roughly five hours of talks, with Trump thanking Kim afterward "for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people".

Commuters read news of Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore, at a train station in Pyongyang. Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.

Although gaps remain over what denuclearisation would entail, Trump sounded a positive note in a lunch meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Beyond denuclearization, the two leaders will also approach the issue of officially ending the Korean War, normalizing relations between the two countries and a framework for reaching a denuclearization deal.

Experts on North Korea say that the shortened meeting time leaves nearly no room to forge a path for Pyongyang's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, which the US State Department was promising just last week. It has historically published belligerent screeds against the United States, Japan, South Korea, and anyone deemed an enemy of the repressive communist regime, and, conversely, applauded allied communist states like Cuba and Venezuela. Trump and Kim will come face to face for the first time at 9am local time (1pm NZ Time) in Singapore.

Kim has sought to overhaul his image this year in a bid to ease worldwide sanctions imposed after he tested nuclear bombs and long-range ballistic missiles.

He has said the talks would be more about starting a relationship with Kim for a negotiating process that would take more than one summit. Sources told Axios that measure was conditional upon what Kim was willing to give the return.



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