Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump, Abe agree to 'consult closely' after Singapore summit

Trump, Abe agree to 'consult closely' after Singapore summit

But he said: "in the end, that doesn't matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!"

Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean threat.

Trump has also said he'd consider inviting Kim to Washington for a second round of talks.

Mattis added that discussions about US troop numbers on the peninsula would be "premature" ahead of the outcome of negotiations between the two leaders Tuesday. The moniker "mafia state" is often applied to the country too, accurately capturing North Korea's status as the only known state sponsor of counterfeit USA dollar bill and methamphetamine production. Trump is pushing for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation - considered the gold standard among arms control experts.

"China might have wanted to prevent Chinese smugglers from entering North Korea so they cracked down on smuggling organizations in the border area few days ago and arrested number of smugglers", he said. Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits.

After Donald Trump talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the president will give an interview to Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel. He had earlier been scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

After he met Kim's close aide Kim Yong Chol on June 1, Trump said human rights "probably" would be discussed at the summit, and he has committed several times to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s - a longstanding request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he reiterated to the president in person last week.

So in the evening, his motorcade started moving, and he ended up stopping by a botanical garden called Gardens by the Bay and then taking a selfie there with the foreign minister for Singapore, and then moved on to the Marina Bay Sands, the iconic three-tower hotel in Singapore itself.

His appointment to one of the top military jobs was officially confirmed by a state media dispatch on Monday that included him in a list of officials traveling with Kim.

Kim Jong-un welcomed as he arrives
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE HANDOUTKim Jong-un welcomed as he arrives for the summit

Iizuka spoke highly of Trump's promise to include the abduction issue in the summit agenda along with the denuclearization of North Korea, hoping the return of the abductees will be ensured at the U.S.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty.

The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its "maximum pressure" campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached.

Trump told reporters he would "absolutely" extend an invitation to the White House to Kim, who also heralded a new era.

Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore.

The US President is due to meet Kim Jong Un at 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) outside a luxury hotel here for a handshake before repairing inside for one-on-one talks.

Rodman said Obama "just brushed me off" and "didn't even give me the time of day".

It was a far cry from previous year when Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" and mocked Kim as "little rocket man", and Kim denounced the US president as the "mentally deranged USA dotard".

It is not known who has been translating for Mr Trump at the Sentosa Hotel in Singapore.

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