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POMPEO: North Korean Negotiations Moving Along ‘RAPIDLY’ in Singapore

11 June 2018

Rodong Sinmun newspaper also seems to be preparing people for talks with the "enemy", publishing an editorial on North Korea's need to establish relations with other countries.

When asked upon landing in Singapore how he was feeling about the encounter, Trump gave a brief answer: "Very good". He brought three airplanes and a convoy of armored vehicles with him from Pyongyang, Time magazine reported.

"While a summit between Trump and Kim would be historic, it is unlikely to be decisive". That evening, he said in a tweet that "great progress" was already being made and that denuclearization - "not just a freeze" - was on the table.

Iran said North Korea should be wary of negotiating with Mr Trump following his withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

Yes, there is a long, depressing record of failed nuclear negotiations with North Korea that began in the mid-1990s.

The relative speed with which the state media got the news of Kim's arrival in Singapore out to the North Korean public suggests a certain level of confidence that the meeting will go well - or at least well enough.

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Trump's early departure will be second from a summit in just a few days.

The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

It further justifies its new position with a quote from former leader Kim Jong-il: "We can develop fair global relations when all nations and all peoples maintain independence and respect each other, and we can build a truly independent, peaceful and friendly new world". But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

The relationship between the US and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

Officers combed the city on Sunday, from the old colonial section to the modern skyscrapers to the hotel on nearby Sentosa island where Trump and Kim will actually meet.

Trump is scheduled to meet Kim on Tuesday, and possibly on Wednesday, in Singapore.

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"People call it a historic summit but.it is important to understand that this summit was available to any US president who wanted to do it and the point is no USA president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea.

What was initially portrayed by the White House as a summit meant to completely rid the North of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue" and for Trump the dealmaker to look into the eyes and take the measure of his nuclear-armed antagonist. "We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12, and we never were".

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7. A USA official says the leaders then plan to meet one-on-one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers.

For all the sober-minded talk, it's clear the art-of-the-deal president is still hoping for a major diplomatic victory.

Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump was "fully prepared" for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be "successful".

Readers of Rodong Sinmun would have seen an unusual - by North Korean standards - editorial, arguing that Pyongyang should be engaging with other nations. He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

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Less than a week before the summit, Trump dismissed questions about his readiness, saying, "I don't think I have to prepare very much".