Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

The summit's back on: Trump meets NKorea at White House

The summit's back on: Trump meets NKorea at White House

Trump has declined to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks.

After weeks of uncertainty, President Donald Trump called off the summit last week, blaming "open hostility" from North Korea.

Plans for the meeting in Singapore had been cast into doubt after Trump suddenly announced his withdrawal last week, only to announce a day later that it could still get back on track.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred 5-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a US payment as insulting.

Within days, three teams of officials in the U.S., Singapore and the Korean demilitarized zone began meeting on preparations for the summit.


"The relationships are building and that's very positive", he said.

Still, the heavily sanctioned and isolated regime has a long history of making bold monetary demands. And North Korean officials are not normally allowed to travel outside the NY area.

At the same games, the International Olympic Committee paid for 22 North Korean athletes to travel to the event.

Questions remain about what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons would look like though Trump said Friday he believed that Kim would agree to denuclearization. But he said he would not remove current sanctions until the North took steps to denuclearize. The transaction would require the Office of Foreign Assets Control to "temporarily suspend the applicability of sanctions" through a waiver, she said.

Moving forward, the White House is planning on asking the United Nations for various payments connected to North Korea, but a list of exemptions could halt the process.


"There are legitimate mechanisms built in for exemptions depending on the circumstance, but this could run into public and political criticism and send the wrong message to North Korea", said Duyeon Kim, a visiting fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum, a non-partisan think tank in Seoul. Alternatively, the North Koreans might travel in a plane provided by another country. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has traveled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong Un twice in the past two months, said he believed the country's leaders are "contemplating a path forward where they can make a strategic shift, one that their country has not been prepared to make before". For that, the two sides are believed to have settled on the Capella hotel on the resort island of Sentosa.

Pence echoed national security adviser John Bolton, who compared Washington's approach to North Korea to the US strategy toward Libya, which forfeited its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003, only to be rocked by a 2011 rebellion backed by the USA -led NATO Western military alliance.

The only way to bring peace was to ensure North Korea takes concrete action to end all nuclear programs and the development of ballistic missiles of all ranges, he said.

The arrangements for the five-star accommodations are among many that have to be hashed out before Kim and President Trump sit down for the historic talks in Singapore, the Washington Post reported.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the global legitimacy a summit with Mr. Trump would provide.


Adelle Nazarian is a politics and national security reporter for Breitbart News.

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