Offbeat Pompeo "very optimistic" day before historic Trump-Kim summit

14:01  11 june  2018
14:01  11 june  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump were heading for Singapore today for an unprecedented summit in “People call it a historic summit but… it is US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that progress was being made in bringing the two sides together in their understanding of denuclearisation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US President Donald Trump walk toward the press after meeting with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.: North Korean Central Committee Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol Delivers Letter From Country's Leader To President Trump © Getty North Korean Central Committee Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol Delivers Letter From Country's Leader To President Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed reporters Monday morning in Singapore to give an update on preparations for President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo said he was "very optimistic" that the two leaders would be able to lay the "framework" of a plan to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, but he acknowledged that much "hard work" would come after the meeting.

The two leaders are to meet on Tuesday at the luxury Capella Hotel resort on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

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U.S. officials have said the leaders will meet privately on Tuesday before holding an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers. 

Mr. Trump will become the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader when he sits down with Kim in Singapore. While the ultimate goal for the U.S. is complete, permanent and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, how that might be achieved in these talks remains an open question. 

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The president views the meeting as the first of perhaps several meetings with Kim, and the tangible "deliverables" are difficult to forecast. The key question is, "How much precision are both leaders prepared to apply to the aspirations," as one North Korea analyst put it.

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Pompeo, addressing journalists on Monday morning, first sought to reject a story in The New York Times suggesting the U.S. negotiating team "lacks the technical expertise" to conduct the negotiations. He said the U.S. team had "dozens" of experts.

He reiterated that the "complete an verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome the United States will accept."

He added that President Trump, "recognizes Chairman Kim's desire for security," and his interest in economic development. Pompeo said Trump was willing to help North Korea achieve both objectives, if it "makes the right choices."

"Tomorrow we will get our clearest indication to date as to whether Chariman Kim Jong Un truly shares," the U.S. vision for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, Pompeo said. He would not go into detail on what the U.S. was willing to offer Kim in terms of "security assurances" in exchange for an agreement by Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons. 

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The face-to-face comes just a month or so before Trump is set to sit down with Kim for a historic summit , and it’s likely Pompeo and Kim used part of their time together to hash out the details of that forthcoming meeting.

"There's gonna be a lot of work left to do," said Pompeo, adding that the U.S. was not "going to conduct these negotiations in the open." He said the discussions on Tuesday "will set the framework for the hard work that will follow." 

The top American diplomat said he was "very optimistic we will have a successful outcome" from the summit and going forward with the process it seeks to establish. He stressed that the U.S. would insist on a process of disarmament that was entirely verifiable -- with the North's steps being verified before reciprocal measures were taken by the U.S.

Pompeo would not discuss any specific parameters for the meeting he and Mr. Trump had discussed, such as red lines that would see the U.S. leader stand up and walk out of the discussion with Kim. 

"The president is fully prepared for the meeting tomorrow," said Pompeo.  

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A State Department official told CBS News that U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim and his team started talks with their North Korean counterparts on Monday at about 10 a.m. local time. They took a brief break, during which Ambassador Kim spoke with Pompeo, but as of 5 p.m. local time the discussion was still going on, likely causing Pompeo's Monday news conference to be delayed. 

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As CBS News reporter Kylie Atwood notes, it was a long day of negotiations ahead of the historic leaders' summit. The State Department tweeted a photo of the diplomats around a conference table and said it had been a "substantive" day of meetings -- mirroring Pompeo's early description of the meetings as "substantive and detailed." 

The U.S. diplomatic team, led by Ambassador Kim, left talks in the Demilitarized Zone with its North Korean counterparts last week without a pre-baked statement or agreed-upon path forward beyond the summit, according to administration officials.

Traditionally, in meetings between world leaders, officials from both sides reach an agreement before the leaders sit down together. This time the outcome will largely depend on the meeting itself and the chemistry between the two leaders, one administration official said. 

The U.S would like to walk away with a signed agreement detailing a path forward, but diplomats and administration officials don't know whether that will happen.

Kim seeks relief from crippling economic sanctions imposed by the international community, a non-aggression pact that would guarantee his regime's security, normalization of relations and the eventual removal of the roughly 30,000 U.S. troops from South Korea. These are long-term aspirations that will not be resolved in one meeting. The U.S. has said a formal end to the Korean War needs to be negotiated between the North and South, but this topic is sure to come up.

Analysts argue that North Korea has already notched a win by holding a summit at all -- it legitimizes Kim on the world stage. Kim craves modernization and believes that can be accomplished, in part, by foreign investment and trade currently blocked by sanctions. 

North Korea: Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon .
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he expects to meet with Kim Jong Un soon to flesh out details of the North Korean leader's promise of nuclear disarmament. As Washington's top diplomat, Pompeo laid much of the groundwork for last week's historic summit between Kim and President Donald Trump, and is now planning follow-up talks.Addressing business leaders at the Detroit Economic Club, Pompeo said it was "hard to know" if and when the two heads of state would hold another summit to finalize a deal.But more discreet diplomacy is continuing."There's a lot of work between here and there.

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