The entire world is transfixed, watching a diplomatic process between the United States and North Korean officials in Singapore towards final preparations of a historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un on June 12 take shape.


As President Trump twitted, there is “excitement in the air” on what he also referred to as a “one-chance” opportunity of a lifetime for North Korea in this fast-moving, highstakes meeting between a seating U.S. President and a North Korean dictator.

President Trump arrives in Singapore on Sunday ahead of the hostages summit with Kim Jong Un. Credit: AP/Evan Vucci

In a diplomatic maneuver that has taken the world by surprise, many world leaders are today praising President Trump as a rare ‘Revolutionary’ for managing to take the diplomatic process this far.  Some are already labelling it a diplomatic breakthrough regardless of the outcome because of the successful unorthodox approach which has gotten him this far where his predecessors and those before him failed.

President Trump’s tweet about the state of euphoria in the air worldwide. Credit: Twitter

Although there is significant level of optimism in the air, Secretary Pompeo has pointed out that there will be no easing of sanctions or any other restrictive measures in place during the process.


With the multi-pronged diplomatic talks taking place in Singapore, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North Koreans.

President Trump and his delegation at the Prime Minister’s residence the Astana during a Working Lunch on June 10, 2018 – Singapore. Credit: Reuters

A final round of the pre-summit high stakes diplomatic talks and deal-making negotiations are currently underway at the Ritz Carlton Hotel with top negotiators from both sides. Among them are U.S. representatives Allison Hooker and Randall Schriver as well as Choe Son-Hui, the North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

President Trump and his delegation with the Singapore Prime Minister at his residence for a Working Lunch on June 10, 2018. Credit: Reuters.


Updating reporters on the state of the fast-paced negotiations and diplomatic maneuvers playing in Singapore, Secretary Pompeo was upbeat about the progress saying:

“They are in fact moving very rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusions even more quickly than we had anticipated.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Press Briefing in Singapore, June 11, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

He also went on to say that, “The ultimate objective we seek through diplomacy with North Korea has not changed.  The complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept.”

President Trump leaves the  G7 Summit for Singapore after delivering a warning statement to allied leaders on June 9, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

President Trump with other leaders during a family portrait at the G7 Summit in La Malbaie – Charlevoix Quebec, Canada – June 8, 2018. Credit: Reuters

President Trump has been on a whirlwind of meetings since departing the U.S. on Friday for the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada on Friday.  He left the Summit on Saturday morning for Singapore after delivering a stern warning to the G7 allies about retaliation on tariffs against the U.S.


White House Press Secretary Sanders says President Trump spent his time on the flight from Canada to Singapore “meeting with his staff, reading materials and preparing for his meetings in Singapore.”

President Trump, The Disruptor relishes a confrontation seen here with other leaders at the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada. Credit: Twitter

There was also another early celebration in Singapore at the Prime Minister’s official residence-Ithana- where President Trump and his delegation met for a working lunch.  They Singaporean host presented the U.S. President with a cake celebrating his 72ndbirthday which is not due until Thursday this week.

President Trump was presented with a birthday cake during the Working Lunch at the Singaporean residence on June 10, 2018. Credit: Reuters

President Trump was surprised with an early birthday cake by the Singaporean Prime Minister during a Working Lunch on June 10, 2018. Credit: Reuters

President Trump celebrating an early birthday at the Singaporean Prime Minister’s residence during a Working Lunch with is delegates, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly (R) – June 10, 2018, Singapore. Credit: AP

President Trump and Kim Jong Un are set to meet on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. local time which is 9:00 p.m. EST (U.S.) on Monday evening.



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