President Trump Forecasts a “nice” Outcome for the Summit
US President Donald Trump announced late last night that he will be leaving Singapore early because the nuclear negotiations have moved “more quickly than expected.”
President Trump spoke briefly, forecasting a “nice” outcome for the Summit during a meeting with Singapore’s PM.
“The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected,” the White House said in a statement.
US and NKorean officials have been holding preliminary meetings in the run-up to the Tuesday Summit.
The White House said the summit was to kick off at 9:00a local time Tuesday. After greeting each other the 2leaders planned to sit for a 1 on 1 meeting, with only translators joining them.
Secretary Pompeo, addressing reporters ahead of the Summit, said the US is prepared to take action to provide NKorea with “sufficient certainty” that denuclearization “is not something that ends badly for them.”
He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, saying the context of the discussions was “radically different than ever before.”
“I can only say this,” Pompeo said. “We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America’s been willing to provide previously.”
President Trump has called the leaders of SKorea and Japan in advance of the Summit.
Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore Sunday with President Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Chairman Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.
Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: “Well, I think the minimum would be relationship. You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals.”
The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions, which began years before Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign, as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
President Trump says his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with ChairmanKim. He told reporters, “I will know, just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do.”