Here's Where Things Stand on the Trump-Kim Summit
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and North Korea are all set for a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un planned for June 12 in Singapore.
Trump plans to leave the Group of Seven summit in Canada on Saturday, allowing him to arrive in Singapore as early as Sunday. Trump on Thursday predicted “great success” at the summit and said it’s possible he could sign an agreement with Kim to formally end the Korean War. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration would like the Senate to sign off on any deal to ensure it can’t be easily undone. Read the latest mainbar here.
The latest developments:
- The North Korean leader was expected to arrive the same day as Trump, Reuters said. Kim will likely head to Singapore directly from Pyongyang on an aircraft provided by China or Singapore, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.
- The Chosun also said the U.S. and North Korea still haven’t agreed on “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization,” with Pyongyang insisting on the term “complete denuclearization” that it used in an April summit between Kim and Moon Jae-in.
- The South Korean leader may seek a trilateral summit with Trump and Kim on July 27 to mark the anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement signed on that day in 1953, the newspaper said.
- Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in the letter delivered by envoy Kim Yong Chol at the White House last week, Maeil Business newspaper reported. The U.S. turned down a request to hold next week’s summit in Pyongyang rather than Singapore, the report said.
How we got here:
- Kim announced late last year he had obtained the ability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon, and soon after sought talks with South Korea on participating in the Winter Olympics. The moves defused immediate threats of military action by the U.S.
- In March, Trump stunned the world by agreeing to meet Kim after South Korean officials told the U.S. president that North Korea would suspend missile and nuclear tests, tolerate American military drills and move toward denuclearization.
- On May 10, Trump announced that he would meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore. Two weeks later he canceled the meeting in a letter to Kim, citing “open hostility” from North Korea. After North Korea issued another statement praising Trump, he later said the summit would take place as previously scheduled.
Key events that may impact the summit:
- June 8-9: Group of Seven nations meet in Canada
- June 9-10: Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in China
- June 12: Planned date of Trump-Kim meeting
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