Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

For Trump and Kim

For Trump and Kim

The U.S. will keep economic sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, delivering a stern message to Pyongyang ahead of Tuesday's historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

While President Trump has spoken positively about the upcoming summit, he has been vague on details of what they might be able to actually achieve.

Lasting peace has obvious benefits for China, especially in bolstering the development of its rust-belt and landlocked northeast which borders North Korea and would suffer in the even of conflict.

The language used around the denuclearisation clause is thought to favour North Korea's view that the entire Korean Peninsula needs to denuclearise, likely including United States forces in South Korea. The document also made no mention of the global sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, for pursuing its nuclear weapons program. "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said, telling Cuomo, "it's a great day" and exclaiming: "I'm so happy!"

When asked if there was a discussion of pulling the roughly 28,000 U.S. troops out of South Korea, Trump said the topic never came up.

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"I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea".

He added that the administration is prepared to provide North Korea with unprecedented security assurances and will ensure that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them".

Speaking as they tucked in, Mr Trump said: "We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely".

He declined to comment on whether he planned to meet Trump or Kim.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

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Trump, asked last week if Rodman had been invited to Singapore, said, "No, he wasn't". "We never knew much about the North Korean regime and it's hard to distinguish what's true and what's false".

Both Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump nonetheless appeared to revel in the pageantry of creating historic images, smiling and repeatedly shaking hands as they sat down for the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two countries. Adding that meet was "very, very, very good", Trump said both the countries have an "excellent relationship".

"North Korea's not going to change the way they do business unless they believe that the military option's on the table", Graham, R-S.C., said on "Sunday Morning Futures".

Some question whether Kim would fully relinquish the nuclear weapons he may see as his only guarantee of survival. "If the USA can agree to the three things, they would be willing for a conversation", Rodman recalled.

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