Ahead of a planned summit Tuesday in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean autocrat Kim Jong Un, there has been talk of complete denuclearization, North Korea has shut down (for now) its nuclear test site, and senior USA and North Korean officials have shuttled between Pyongyang and Washington for meetings with Kim and Trump.
Statements from United States officials suggest considerable resistance from the North Korean side on this basic issue.
There are worries from some quarters about Kim's intentions and his willingness to actually follow through on any commitment he might make in Singapore.
Trump said while leaving Canada that he was going on a mission of peace for the world. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Trump reportedly hoped to bring about the total dismantling of North Korea's nuclear missile project by the end of his first term, but more recently he has tried to lower expectations, saying "I never said it goes in one meeting".
Arrival of North Korea letter to the White House. He's got an opportunity, if you look into history, very few people have ever had.
The tests came amid a campaign of "maximum pressure", led by the United States, that tightened economic sanctions against North Korea and raised the possibility of military action. "As a deal person, that is important". The two men exchanged fiery rhetoric a year ago over North Korea's attempts to build nuclear weapons that could reach the United States but tensions have since calmed considerably. "I think the USA was played by North Korea, and to some extent by South Korea", Kristof said when we met at the New York Times office this week. "But certainly if it goes well", Trump told reporters during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"But It depends on what they're talking about it and it depends on their willingness to take time and work around the periphery and ultimately to get to the really hard cards in the pack; human rights and nuclear weapons".
"The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting, we did not ask for it.it says something about Singapore relations with the parties. and our standing in the global community", he added. The president appeared exhausted and subdued, and he demeaned the press corps, calling some US news outlets "unbelievably dishonest" and "fake news" before aides pulled him away to start his journey to Southeast Asia. More importantly, China, which accounts for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, has signalled it will no longer vigorously enforce sanctions against Pyongyang as a reward for Kim's outreach.
Tuesday will mark the first time a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader meet, though it's unclear what a nuclear deal with the isolated country will look like.
How? "Just my touch, my feel, that's what I do", Trump said.
"It's about attitude", Trump said.
Thae Yong Ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat who defected to the South in 2016, said recently that the idea that the North will completely denuclearize is a "fantasy".
Trump on Saturday doubled down on his promise that the U.S.
First the nuts and bolts: How do you protect what many North Koreans consider their single most precious resource, the third member of the Kim family to rule and a direct descendant of North Korea's worshipped founder Kim Il Sung?