Singapore confirms it will host landmark Trump-Kim summit

Posted May 12, 2018

Pompeo said he had told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this week, where he also he finalized details of the upcoming summit between Kim and U.S. President Trump and secured the release of three Americans imprisoned in the country.

"We're starting off on a new footing", Trump said early Thursday. "We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return", they said in a statement released as their plane made a stop in Alaska.

Abe also said such an opportunity could only follow a successful outcome in Singapore, which would raise expectations for an overall resolution of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

"We have a month and several days".

"For now, I can only say there's a need to confirm whether these claims are true". He said on their arrival that he believed Kim, who has led North Korea for seven years and is believed to be in his mid-30s, wanted to bring his country "into the real world".

Singapore "doesn't have the historical or political baggage" of other possible venues, said Sarah Teo, an expert on regional security at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

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"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also said, "There is reason for some optimism that these talks could be fruitful".

Washington is likely to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons after the two leaders exchanged fiery rhetoric a year ago over North Korea's attempts to build a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

Pompeo once used the word PVID (permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement) to highlight the importance of permanent denuclearization, sparking media speculation here about Washington's intentions, but the Trump administration has returned to the CVID jargon.

On being asked if anything else was to happen between now and the summit, Shah replied, "I'm not setting additional pre-conditions".

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Pompeo, the most senior USA official to meet with a North Korean leader since 2000, was making his second visit to the isolated nation in five weeks — and less than two weeks after becoming top diplomat. "I hope Mr. Trump will make a breakthrough to achieve our goals".

The women said they only realised what was happening when they arrived at the South Korean embassy in Malaysia.

As the current chair of ASEAN, Singapore is already scheduled to host multiple high-profile meetings this year, the American Enterprise Institute's Dan Blumenthal told Politico, and will also host the ministers of defence from nearly 30 nations early next month at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

But it also raises the tantalising possibility that a successful outcome to the summit and a dominant showing overseas could begin to lift the President's overall approval rating a little ahead of midterm elections in November, it added.

That means Trump's stewardship of the nuclear crisis is now far more popular than the President himself, the network said.

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