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Pompeo says U.S. is willing to 'make security assurances' to North Korea

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Jodi Jackson | 11 June, 2018, 15:39

After meeting Pyongyang's envoy, Mr. Trump acknowledged explicitly that there would have to be many such rounds to achieve the desired outcome. "It is a historic negotiation, and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudlowsaid. Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a photo of Trump posing with the birthday cake.

"I bet the North will not abandon nuclear weapons", he said, adding that the U.S. and its allies should use both "carrots and sticks" to force the North to do so.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen in a television monitor as speaks to the media in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

The standard thinking goes that he needs quick help to stabilize and then rebuild an economy that has suffered amid a decades-long pursuit of nuclear bombs, and that the North Koreans see a unique chance to win concessions, legitimacy and protection from a meeting with a highly unconventional USA president who's willing to consider options past American leaders would not.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, where the process regarding denuclearisation of North Korea may kick-start in exchange for economic aid.

"A successful summit might also open the door to some confidence-building measures, such as the opening of a US diplomatic office in North Korea and vice versa, or the resumption of USA missions to recover the remains of Korean War service members killed in North Korea", Wertz said.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he said when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Progress could lead to a peace treaty and formally end a state of war on the Korean peninsula, which has persisted for almost 70 years.

Late on Monday. Trump phoned Moon from Singapore. While Kim and his delegation are now staying at the St. Regis Hotel amid heavy security.

'North Korea has its own royal lineage - the Kim family - and so it is natural that Kim Yo Jong traveled to Singapore separately from her brother'.

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Close US ally Japan has urged Trump to bring up the decades-old issue of its citizens abducted in 1970s and 1980s to train Pyongyang's spies in Japanese language and customs.

Kim Jong Un will undoubtedly get a sense of all that as he arrives.

"I'm very confident the relationships between our countries, the United States and those G-7 countries, will continue to move forward on a strong basis", Pompeo said.

During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Trump's birthday.

North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun proclaimed Kim's arrival in Singapore on its front page, in unusually swift coverage of his worldwide visit.

North Koreans were offered a rare glimpse into their reclusive leader's schedule on Monday after the tightly controlled state media issued surprisingly detailed reports of his trip to Singapore.

State-run news said the summit would address "wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks".

Earlier this morning, the tweeter-in-chief expressed his elation about being in Singapore and feeling "excitement in the air".

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