Michael Reagan: Trump sets the table for Singapore deal

Posted May 15, 2018

The three were privy to a "hero's welcome" as they were accompanied by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and First Lady Melania Trump.

Pompeo was the head of the Central Intelligence Agency for 15 months prior to being sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26.

The plane taxied in front of a huge American flag suspended by two fire engine cranes on the taramc, which was lit by a group of spotlights.

Abe said he is open to holding talks with Kim only when that would lead to a settlement of the abduction issue.

"If that happens, it could give North Korea an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington", said Denmark, now a director at the Wilson Center, a think tank in the USA capital. "This is a special night for these three really great people", he said.

Most of the nuclear program was dismantled within months and nuclear material was shipped out of the country. That was a year before the North convicted Kim Kuk-gi and Choi Chun-gil on similar spying charges and also sentenced them to hard labor for life.

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The release of the prisoners is described as a "positive gesture of goodwill", according to commentary from the White House.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife attended that concert along with top officials from North Korea, including Kim's sister and closest aide, Kim Yo Jong.

When Pompeo went to Pyongyang to fetch the United States prisoners and finalise arrangements for the summit, Kim Yong-chol, the vice-chairman of the Workers' party central committee, told him "we have perfected our nuclear capability" while insisting that the achievement was "not the result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside".

The U.S. maintains major air and Navy bases in Japan, and the Pentagon keeps up to 32,000 American troops in South Korea, part of a massive military presence in northeast Asia to support a defense treaty that requires the United States to come to South Korea's aid if it is attacked.

"It would be better [for the two leaders] to meet, and they will likely do so", a Japanese government source said.

The summit will occur in Singapore on June 12.

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"Every time we sit sit down with them they're asking us to give up something to get along with them". Suffice it to say, North Korean is now believed to have at least 60 nuclear weapons, with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach the US mainland. "I really believe that". Trump noted, "The true honor [of the situation] is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons".

The accelerated pace of developments that could lead to weapons removal does not means US concessions were made, some observers say.

Tony Kim, 59, an accountant, and Kim Hak-song, an agricultural consultant, were affiliated with Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and both were detained after President Trump took office previous year.

US President Trump announced on May 8 that the US was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPOA) - the deal that restricted Tehran's nuclear developments in exchange for lifting UN Security Council sanctions and unilateral restrictive measures that had been imposed by the United States and the European Union. We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return.

Singapore is an ideal site for the summit because Singapore historically has been an honest broker between East and West. Singapore has been a great friend to the U.S. but also Singapore has carefully worked to be a friend to all, which has earned it trust in capitals around the world.

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