Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

United States to offer N Korea ‘unique’ security guarantee after denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

United States to offer N Korea ‘unique’ security guarantee after denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

"He has that opportunity and he won't have that opportunity again", US President Donald Trump said Saturday before heading for Singapore.

"Trump is simply not experienced enough or temperamentally inclined to handle the complexity of nuclear negotiations or issues as complex as those associated with the long history of the Koreas", said David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Some experts voiced concern that even if there were concessions from North Korea, the USA could be reluctant to return the favor immediately, given growing worries in Washington that Trump will go too easy on North Korea and eventually be taken advantage of.

Worsening the prospect is that sanction relief is a complicated process as stakeholders are involved - such as US Congress, its allies and the global community.

Trump has announced the restoration of USA sanctions, while European leaders are trying to preserve the deal.

What was initially portrayed by the White House as a summit meant to completely rid the North of its nuclear weapons is now being cast as a chance to "start a dialogue" and for Trump the dealmaker to look into the eyes and take the measure of his nuclear-armed antagonist.

The White House announced that Trump will leave Singapore on Tuesday night, local time, a day ahead of schedule.

Pompeo won't say whether Trump would consider withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

North Korea has nominally committed to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, but it has traditionally used that term to also demand that the United States remove its assets, including troops, from the region.

That's according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is briefing reporters in Singapore.

It is not known whether Trump will make any mention of Pyongyang's appalling human rights record or only lavish Kim with praise, something that critics have said plays into the leader's goal of using the summit to boost his own global legitimacy. "We would like peace, stability and security to be established in the Korean Peninsula", he said, but added that experience in dealing with the U.S. and Trump had left it with "much pessimism".

Pompeo said these guarantees would be "different and unique" than America has been willing to provide before. The Trump administration also needs to work with the global community as there are sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

At the swanky Shangri-La Hotel, Secret Service officers are huddling in preparation for the president's movements.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

They're joined by seemingly unsuspecting tourists, youth groups and a curiously dressed bellman with a tall, plumed hat. Their hotels are cordoned off with heavy security.

As the summit wrapped up, administration officials said they gave Kim and his aides a film outlining the choices facing North Korea.

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Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Mr Pompeo said.

The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event today.

For the US, the Singapore summit comes on the heels of Trump's controversial G-7 appearance, where he butted heads with key USA allies.

Though Trump has previously called Kim "little rocket man" and "short and fat", POTUS has also said that Kim is a "very smart cookie" and "very honorable". "Celebrating birthday, a bit early", he wrote. He is turning 72 on June 14.

Kim Jong-un and Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) take selfies on the Jubilee bridge.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening. "We expect a fierce tug-of-war to continue between the two sides until tomorrow's summit ends, but we also expect some good outcome".

Actually, says another group, there will indeed be disarmament, a peace treaty ending the Korean War and North Korea's emergence as a contributing member of the worldwide community - but just not right now.

Bandow noted that American companies could also turn to North Korea for low-priced manufacturing, which neighbors - like China and South Korea - already benefit from.

But when pressed by reporters, the secretary of state would not say whether or not that could include reduction of the number of or removal of US troops in South Korea. The two men will first meet one-on-one in a closed session, before a larger meeting with key advisers, U.S. officials said.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Mr Pompeo said. "We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship".

Mr Trump and Mr Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than one kilometre, with Mr Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Mr Kim at the St Regis Hotel.

Trump told Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee haz-ee-en lahng) that it was a "real honor" to be with him. Abe visited Trump at the White House last week.

The discussions come on the eve of Trump's historic meeting with Kim.

Most ordinary North Koreans rely on a monotonous diet of rice, corn, kimchi and bean paste, and they lack essential fats and protein, according to testimonies from defectors and from United Nations officials allowed to visit. The official was not authorized to comment publicly about on internal deliberations and requested anonymity.

His sister Kim Yo Jong was spotted with him.

-North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure the American are not actually spies. Sung Kim held an initial round of meetings with the North earlier Monday.

The meeting was kicking off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake between Trump and Kim.

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