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Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

North Korean leader, Singapore’s PM discuss Korean Peninsula situation

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said. It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The daylong summit will also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders, the White House said.

The official did not rule out the possibility that additional activities could be added to tomorrow's schedule, beyond the two planned meetings with Kim, ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports. Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

Reunification, he said, would be impossible because four powers - the US, China, Russia and Japan - do not want to see a unified Korea.

The top US diplomat emphasised that complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation "is the only outcome that the United States will accept" from North Korea, sending a stern message to Pyongyang before Tuesday's meeting in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

In tamping down expectations, Trump himself has described this initial meeting as the start of a process. "I think things could work out very nicely". In one he offered: "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore".

Despite the overall approval of direct talks between the two countries, the public was skeptical about whether North Korea's leadership is serious about addressing concerns about its nuclear program Around half of US adults (49%) said North Korean leaders are not serious about addressing these concerns, while 38% thought North Korea's leaders are serious.

The U.S.is still technically at war with North Korea.

Olivia Enos of the US -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

The event was closed to press, so the only specific details from inside came from Pompeo, who didn't directly quote the president in his tweet.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that he had spoken with Otto Warmbier's father earlier in the day and that President Trump was going to the peace summit in Singapore with "with the family of Otto Warmbier on his heart", CNN reported. And based on the tweets that Trump sent Monday morning, it doesn't seem like he left his baggage from the first summit at the door.

"The entire world is focusing on the historic summit between the DPRK and the U.S., and thanks to your honest efforts. we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit", Mr Kim told Mr Lee through an interpreter. But Trump has lashed out at reporters for suggesting that the meeting with Kim will result in him giving up any negotiating leverage.

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