US will help make N Korea rich if it disarms

"South Korean diplomacy has turned fire and fury into summits and stability", Oba told VOA, referring to Trump's previously tough talks against Pyongyang.

The location and date were announced in a presidential tweet just hours after Trump welcomed to the United States three American prisoners released by Pyongyang.

"The United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to achieving the permanent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", Pompeo told reporters on Friday. We have a month and several days. When Kim showed he's willing to get on one of his planes to fly to the country of China this week, the officials were convinced Singapore would work, which is 3000 miles from the capital city of North Korea, Pyongyang. A glance at past North Korean behavior patterns should temper Trump's expectations. Given that he has criticized America's forward bases in the past, he may suggest a dramatic gesture to show that the USA has no intention of using its troops in South Korea against the North. Kim, no doubt, will be interested, and he might even agree to shake hands on something along the lines of "denuclearization" in exchange for United States troop withdrawals.

Kang praised the upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore as an "historic" opportunity, but added a few notes of skepticism as well.

Singapore will also be an acceptable choice to China, North Korea's only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month's proceedings.

Kim Jong-un has made clear that development is a priority.

"Singaporeans have been gracious up until now, and also in the past", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his second visit to North Korea.

"I think what the prospect for North Korea is to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way that South Korea does", Bolton said.

"So those were the initial steps that the North Koreans took". On being asked if anything else was to happen between now and the summit, Shah replied, "I'm not setting additional pre-conditions". The two leaders are to meet in Singapore on June 12. Trump noted, "The true honor [of the situation] is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons". "If he can end the standoff that has prevailed since the 1950-53 Korean War, he will have won a place in history that may offer redemption in posterity even if his presidency ends in ignominy", CNN commented.

But, despite the optimism of that moment, all efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear program have so far failed.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's administration is conducting its own efforts to normalize ties on the divided peninsula and secure lasting peace.

"We're prepared to open trade and investment as soon as we can", John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said on ABC's "This Week".

But it also raises the tantalising possibility that a successful outcome to the summit and a dominant showing overseas could begin to lift the President's overall approval rating a little ahead of midterm elections in November, it added.

  • Rogelio Becker