US President Donald Trump is due to meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore for a summit called to press Pyongyang to end its nuclear and long-range missile programmes. Trump's supporters, however, say his efforts to engage North Korea would not be productive if the administration raised the human rights issue strongly.
While Trump has received a steady diet of briefings, verbal and written, about what to expect when he meets Kim, he trusts his intuition more than anything else, aides and former officials said.
The efforts gives them hope that they can find real success where past efforts have fallen short, he added.
Trump goes to Singapore confident in his deal-making skills based on his career as a NY real estate developer, which made him a billionaire.
He again conveyed the North Korean leader's stated willingness to denuclearize.
Trump, he said, recognises that North Korea has great potential, and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on it can begin to be removed.
The U.S. wants to see the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's weapons of mass destruction programs.
"Until we achieve our goals, the measures that the world, alongside the USA has put on the regime will remain".
"I think it's not a one-meeting deal", he said. Pompeo reiterated Washington's stance that the USA will only accept North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.
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Trump insisted that N Korea has to denuclearise. "It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern", he said.
Sanders did not say whether the dispute between Trump and his fellow G-7 leaders had anything to do with the decision to depart for Singapore days before his summit with Kim. The two leaders have done much to improve their relations after hurling insults and threats at each other such as who has the bigger nuclear button. "So this isn't a question of preparation, it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen".
"I think I've been prepared for this summit for a long time, as has the other side", he said.
"That he's prepared to denuclearise and that, too, he understands. that this has to be big and bold and we have to agree to making major changes".
"We can't step through this over years, but rather need to acknowledge it will take some amount of time, that this doesn't happen instantaneously".
In August 2017, as tensions were rising rapidly after North Korea's second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson assured North Korea that the U.S. Leading the American efforts in negotiating with the North Koreans, he said the United States is making progress, inch by inch.
Trump, who coined the term "maximum pressure" to describe USA sanctions against the North, said they would be an indicator for the success or failure of the talks. Asserting that the approach that Trump was taking is fundamentally different, the top American diplomat said in the past, there have been months and months of detailed negotiations, and it "got nowhere".
"I'm not able to talk about the details of what we discussed".