CURRENT UPDATES FROM SINGAPORE:
President Donald Trump on Monday attended a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The details of the meeting are unknown at this time, however the President tweeted a video and thanked the Prime Minister.
This video indicates that the meeting went very well, which will lead up to the coming meeting with Kim Jong-Un. (Read more below video)
Thank you Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong! pic.twitter.com/8MMYGuOj8Q
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
President Trump has chosen a select few of his closest aides that will witness and participate in the historic summit Tuesday with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, according to new details released by the White House – which says discussions surrounding the sit-down “have moved more quickly than expected.”
A White House statement confirmed that Trump and Kim Jong-Un will meet at 9:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET on Monday) in Singapore.
They will first enter a one-on-one meeting with translators only. This will be the first meeting ever between a U.S. president and North Korean leader! It will also be President Trump’s first opportunity to gauge Kim’s willingness to negotiate on dismantling his nuclear weapons program. (Video Below)
From there, the meeting will expand to include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Following will be a working lunch, including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger; and Sung Kim, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and a former North Korea policy official.
Kim Jong Un is expected to have a small contingent including Kim Yong Chol, who recently visited Trump at the White House and delivered a letter from the North Korean dictator.
Pompeo told reporters on Monday that the U.S. is “prepared to make security assurances” for North Korea if they denuclearize.
The summit will kick off with a handshake between Trump and Kim, a symbolic image that could define the future of millions of people.
President Trump said on Saturday that he will know Kim’s intentions “within the first minute” of meeting him and whether he’s willing to give up the nuclear arsenal. (Video Below)
At a press conference in Canada during the G7 summit, President Trump said, “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people. It’s a one-time shot and I think it’s going to work out very well.”
With the whole world watching, President Trump urges caution in regard to the results of the summit, knowing that the fate of this meeting is unknown. President Trump said, “there’s a good chance it won’t work out” and that “there’s probably an even better chance it will take a period of time.”
“I think the minimum would be a relationship. You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals,” Trump said of his expectations.
Pyongyang indicated that it may be open to getting rid of its nuclear weapons in exchange for the U.S. security guarantees and other benefits, though some believe it’s an unrealistic prospect as the nuclear arsenal cements Kim’s grip on the country and deters all-out attacks against them.
The two sides could come up with a peace treaty that would formally end the Korean War. Trump also raised the possibility of further summits in the future.
Watch the video below:
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(H/T Fox News)