07 June, 2018
A lot of negotiation going on even before the trip.
"As I understand it, it's looked promising in the past and then nothing has come of it".
On Wednesday, following the announcement of the venue, the Singapore government declared the Trump-Kim summit an "Enhanced Security Special Event", under which it will enforce strict security measures at the venues and surrounding areas through spot checks and inspections.
"We'll see what happens".
Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan will visit the North Korean capital at the invitation of the North's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, Singapore's foreign ministry said in a statement.
After Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean official, visited the USA last week with a letter for Trump from Kim Jong Un, the meeting was put back on the schedule.
White House officials are aiming to settle on a timeframe for Kim to relinquish his nuclear arsenal.
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Now the former Chicago Bulls star is rumoured to be attending next week's historic summit between the North and the U.S. in Singapore. "They're very powerful, and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearises", she said.
NHK reported top USA and Japanese diplomats would meet in Seoul for a debriefing, following the meeting. The ones in Singapore tend to focus more on logistics, negotiating security, protocol, all those types of things.
Pompeo has also been receiving briefings, sometimes multiple times a day, from Amb.
"I think it's probably going to be a very successful process", he said. I would imagine China is probably trying to finagle its way into it.
"They have announced this engagement with the U.S.is now a part of their national narrative but I don't think it's one based on weakness or a desire to get economic assistance", he told the same hearing. To have a good deal with North Korea is going to take a little bit of time, he said.
The US President last week revived the meeting with Mr Kim after initially cancelling it, citing what he called Pyongyang's "open hostility".