New Delhi, June 5: United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. (Singapore time) on June 12, the White House has said. On June 2, Trump had announced that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place as originally planned on June 12 in Singapore. Also Read - Planning a Trip to Singapore During COVID-19? Now, PCR Test Mandatory on Arrival
At a press briefing, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders also said on Monday that the US advance team now in Singapore “is finalizing logistical preparations and will remain in place until the summit begins”, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - Misinformation Went Down After Social Media Banned Trump: Report
Noting that the US side is “actively” preparing for the meeting, she said that the US delegation in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the inter-Korean border continues diplomatic negotiations with the North Korean delegation. (Full text of the letter written to Kim Jong Un) Also Read - Joe Biden Announces USD 1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Plan to Revive US Economy
“The discussions have been very positive and significant progress has been made,” she said. Besides the exchanges in Singapore and the DMZ, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week met Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korean ruling Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee, in New York.
The breakthrough came after Trump appeared to have scaled back his goals for the Singapore summit seeing it as the first step towards a long-drawn process that may involve more meetings rather than having Kim announcing a complete denuclearisation at the summit.
The tension between North Korea and the US have been at the peak, with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump exchanging personal barbs against each other. Tensions escalated after North Korea’s test firing of missiles and conducting its most powerful hydrogen test in September last year. Trump had warned that the isolated regime would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
Trump declared that his nuclear button was “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s after the latter threatened the US about Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang had referred to Trump as “dotard”, a word the reclusive nation has used against him in the past. Trump has previously derided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man”.
(With agency inputs)