Anti-nuke campaign group offers to pay for Trump-Kim summit
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 07, 2018,
Jun 07, 2018, 1:33
In 2008, Singapore sent its then foreign minister, George Yeo, on an official visit to North Korea.
USA officials believe Kim is anxious about security and the possibility of an assassination attempt at the high-stakes summit where he will meet President Trump for the first time after months of back-and-forth negotiations, sources told Bloomberg.
Pompeo and Balakrishnan reaffirmed the U.S. -Singapore strategic partnership that includes the bilateral Free Trade Agreement, the first U.S. bilateral free trade agreement in Asia, according to the statement.
Trump described a giant letter he received from Kim as "a very nice letter. a very interesting letter".
The June 12 meeting will be the first meeting between sitting leaders of each country and will focus on North Korea's provocative nuclear weapons programs.
Singapore also revoked all work permits held by North Korean citizens in March.
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The move will likely trigger serious retaliation from the three countries and push the U.S. to the edge of a trade war. NAFTA negotiations are deadlocked over tough protectionist demands from the United States.
US and North Korean officials are continuing to lay the groundwork ahead of the summit. Part of its appeal as summit host was its the fact it has one foot in the East and one in the West, as well as being modern, efficient and secure.
White House officials are aiming to settle on a timeframe for Kim to relinquish his nuclear arsenal.
"We have had teams negotiating not only in the Demilitarised Zone every day. meetings are taking place in Singapore as well".
Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's lawyer, said that Kim got "on his hands and knees and begged" for the summit to be rearranged after Mr Trump cancelled it.
Trump said last week he expected an eventual "very positive result" with North Korea but dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore, saying it could take several meetings to reach an agreement.
"I don't want to speculate on the timing or what may or may not happen", Nauert said. And as the president stated, we have sanctions on.