Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Pompeo Warns North Korea: 'Irreversible Denuclearization' Only Acceptable Outcome

Pompeo Warns North Korea: 'Irreversible Denuclearization' Only Acceptable Outcome

Their meeting at a luxury hotel in Singapore, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time - which is 9 p.m. on Monday night NY time - will mark the first face-to-face encounter between a United States president and a leader of North Korea.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person. He said that those talks "in fact are moving quite rapidly and will come to a logical conclusion more quickly than anticipated".

The historic first meeting between a sitting USA president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room. A USA official says the leaders then plan to meet one-on-one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers.

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage expected little progress on the key issue of defining denuclearization. However, he took a U-turn soon and said the White House was proceeding with the preparations for the summit. It is believed that Trump and Kim will begin with a two-hour one-on-one session with translators, before an expanded meeting that includes advisers. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

The 34-year-old leader was seen leaving the St Regis hotel where he is staying, courtesy of Singapore's taxpayers as the government has offered to pay for the hefty bill, and heading out on the town in his bullet-proof black Mercedes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the goal of the meeting was the "complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", adding that the US had not received any firm commitment from Pyongyang on exactly what the two sides would agree to.

Top members of Trump's administration have said that the North Koreans wouldn't receive any benefits before taking steps to denuclearize - wary of falling into the same predicament that doomed previous agreements with the rogue regime.

The guards must be about the same height as Kim, BBC said.

"People call it a historic summit is important to understand that this summit was available to any USA president who wanted to do it and the point is no US president wanted to do this, and for good reasons", said Christopher Hill, a former lead US nuclear negotiator with North Korea. The meetings also served as an ice breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S.

Kim Jong Un departed Pyongyang Sunday in an Air China Boeing 747 plane for a 10-hour flight to Singapore.

Trump, too, has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

"I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen may not".

"Because of difficulties finding a job these days, I have lost much interest in those things".

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