North Korean Media Finally Break Silence On Trump-Kim Summit


Trump has said that North Korea must decide to "denuke" or there will be no deal and economic pressure on the regime would only intensify.

Pompeo travelled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump's meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump's team to spend time with Kim face to face. Pompeo also met with Kim's senior adviser Kim Yong Chol in NY and Washington, D.C.

Famed North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee informed the nation that Kim had landed, declaring that the summit was a "historical first" that is "garnering the attention and hopes of the entire world".

"These discussions that will take place tomorrow between Chairman Kim and President Trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow".

The story was reported the front page of the ruling party's newspaper and was the only item on Monday's first news broadcast on Korean Central Television, which for many in the North is the only channel available. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check. He was received by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

A former journalist and U.S. Marine, he accompanied Pompeo on his trip to North Korea in May in advance of the summit.

White House officials have said Rodman will play no official role, and Trump himself said Rodman's not invited.

In part, these lowered expectations are a reflection of the extreme skepticism among many that the North can be persuaded to give up a nuclear programme it has stubbornly built over the decades, often in secrecy and despite intense sanctions, global condemnation and widespread suffering among its people.

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The article also talks about how President of South Korea Moon Jae-in "is heavily invested in" and President of China President Xi Jinping "stands to benefit" from a successful summit.

Mr Kim enjoyed a late-night stroll in Singapore ahead of his landmark meeting with the American president. At left is Kim Young Nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, Feb. 12, 2018. Rodman went on Instagram to announce that he will be there to "give whatever support is needed" for Trump and Jong Un. But for the better part of an hour, the two men will square off one on one, alone but for a pair of translators, raising concerns about the risk of holding such a monumental meeting with barely anyone to bear witness.

Wi Sung-lac, South Korea's former chief nuclear negotiator, believes Kim Yong-chol is the key player behind the scenes in these talks.

The Trump-Kim summit, which will be held at the Capella Hotel on Tuesday morning, will mark the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting U.S. president.

As a rule, they would only report on the leader's movements after the event. Choe Son Hui had a brush with the spotlight a few weeks ago after drafting the statement calling Vice President Pence "ignorant and stupid". She dismisses Kim's late-night activities in Singapore as part of a months-long "charm offensive" aimed at cultivating good worldwide press.

It's a big break from Pyongyang's usual behaviour, which doesn't - as a rule - report on Mr Kim's activities until he is safely back in Pyongyang.

But North Korea now deems itself "a nuclear state", and insists the USA must end its "nuclear threats and blackmail" as a precondition for denuclearization, according to a statement last month from First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan.