Trump-Kim summit: Everything you need to know
President Donald Trump is poised to hold a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, the first known face-to-face between a sitting U.S. president and a head of the Asian country.
The summit is the culmination of months of posturing and negotiating between top U.S. and North Korean officials and comes less than two weeks after Trump reversed his decision to scrap plans for the meeting, which is set to take place in Singapore.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the who, what, when, where and how of the highly anticipated diplomatic gathering.
When will the Trump-Kim summit be held?
The event will commence on Monday, June 11, at 9 p.m. ET, which is 9 a.m. Tuesday morning in Singapore. Trump flew to Singapore on Saturday after cutting short a visit to the G-7 summit in Canada.
Where will the Trump-Kim summit be held?
The meeting with Kim is slated to take place at the posh Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unveiled the location via Twitter, adding: “We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality.”
Who else will attend the meeting besides Trump and Kim?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he will accompany Trump to the summit in Singapore and will then fly to South Korea and China to brief the other nation’s leaders on the talks. Pompeo has been a key player in establishing lines of communication between the White House and Pyongyang in recent months.
Joining Pompeo will be White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton has clashed with other Trump administration officials on their approach to North Korea, though Pompeo dismissed reports of tension between himself and the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as “a complete joke.”
Other White House staffers making the journey include chief of staff John Kelly, and his deputy, Joe Hagin, who has been a point person on planning the summit. Matthew Pottinger, the National Security Council’s Asia director, is also joining, along with senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.
Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump meanwhile will not be in attendance, a White House official told CNN. The first daughter came under scrutiny last year for sitting in for her father at a G-20 summit meeting, an action usually reserved for government ministers.
Trump administration officials are not the only prominent U.S. citizens expected to be present in Singapore for the summit. Former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, a longtime friend of Kim, will be on hand. (Trump said Rodman was “not invited,” signaling he likely will not play a formal role in discussions.) And several prominent Fox News personalities, including Trump-favorite Sean Hannity and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, are slated to touchdown in Singapore to cover the landmark discussions.
How long will Trump and Kim meet?
It was not immediately clear how long U.S. and North Korean officials will meet. If Trump’s prior meeting with a top North Korean is any indication, however, the summit is likely to run long.
Earlier this month Trump met in the Oval Office with Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong Un‘s second in command. The North Korea official was on hand to deliver a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump, but the exchange turned into a nearly 80-minute long White House meeting.
How will Trump approach the summit with Kim? Did he prepare?
Trump said he didn’t feel a need to prepare for the meeting with North Korea’s leader, arguing that the high-stakes nuclear talks would be based more on “attitude” than advance legwork.
White House officials have maintained that the president has been preparing for the talks in some form for months, however. Pompeo told reporters during a White House briefing on Thursday that he and Trump discussed the topic at nearly every daily briefing they held in his past role as director of the CIA.
“I am very confident the president will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart,” Pompeo said.
How Trump and Kim get along remains to be seen, though. The two leaders spent much of 2017 trading public taunts and threats, reaching a climax when Trump vowed to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea if the country did not cease its expanding weapons tests. But Trump and Kim have struck a more conciliatory tone in recent weeks, with the president praising the North Korean dictator as a “very open” and “very honorable” negotiator in April.
What will Trump and Kim discuss at the meeting?
The White House has not issued an official list of topics for the sit down between U.S. and North Korean officials. But the Trump administration has signaled that efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula will be at the forefront of discussions, including a timeline and the technical details of dismantling existing weapons arsenals and weapons-making capabilities.
During his meeting with Kim Jong Un’s No. 2 earlier this month, the president indicated the two discussed international economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, another likely talking point for Tuesday’s negotiations. Their discussions did not touch on human rights however, according to Trump, and it remains unclear whether the issue will be broached in Singapore.
Will Trump and Kim sign anything after the meeting? Will they end the Korean War?
The president has offered diverging remarks on the matter of putting pen to paper with North Korea in Singapore. Following his meeting with Kim Jong Chol, Trump appeared to brush off the possibility of the U.S. striking a formal agreement with Pyongyang in Singapore. “We’re not going to go in and sign something on June 12 and we never will,” Trump said. “We‘re going to start a process.“
But Trump later expressed a willingness to sign onto a deal to bring a formal end to the Korean War, which halted in 1953 after an armistice. But the conflict has never been fully concluded through an official peace treaty.
“We could absolutely sign an agreement with North Korea,” Trump said of the possibility. “But that’s really the beginning. The hard part remains after that.”
Trump could also follow the template set by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in after the two leaders held a summit at the border in April — the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade. At the conclusion of the gathering, the two sides formally agreed to work towards the “common goal” of denuclearizing the peninsula.
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