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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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 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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