Kim summit 'depends on Kim' - Mike Pompeo

Pompeo U.S. will walk away from North Korea summit rather than take bad deal

-North Korean nuclear summit would take place as planned next month, although he laid the meeting's fate squarely on Kim Jong Un.

Singapore's United Nations ambassador, Burhan Gafoor, asked the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea for a sanctions exemption for the delegation to attend the scheduled June 12 meeting as well as for "preparatory work for the summit".

Instead, Trump suggested in the Oval Office on Tuesday that the meeting could be delayed.

Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. will use a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to demand North Korea completely and rapidly surrenders its nuclear weapons programme before it receives any economic relief. He asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him. "I'm very hopeful that meeting will take place". I think we'll get those conditions. If the right deal is not on the table, we will respectfully walk away.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle bristled at Mr. Trump's proposed cuts past year, vowing to keep both the State Department and USAID budgets close to 2017 levels through stop-gap measures tied to the overall budget deal Congress and the White House reached in February.

The summit would offer a historic chance for peace. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its weapons program.

US President Donald Trump makes his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"We will know next week about Singapore", he told reporters at the White House before departing for NY.

Kim appeared genuine and engaged in conversation, Pompeo said. Both parties to the talks are invested in holding the meeting, with Kim seeing an opportunity for global legitimacy and Trump the prospect of securing Korean stability - and perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize. The White House turned heads this week with the release of a commemorative "challenge coin" for the summit, featuring profile engravings of Trump and Kim for the "peace talks". "And I have no doubt that you will be able to complete-accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past".

"Under that umbrella, you have North Korea and you have Iran", she said.

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"The ideal summit outcome for the U.S. is for North Korea to give up its nuclear programme, and Trump won't mind postponing the talks if he can ultimately achieve this goal", Zhao said.

White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, USA officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump said Kim had not met unspecified "conditions" for the summit.

"Trump can't accept a failed summit, so he is using strong words to try to move the talks in his direction", Ko said. North Korean media also deployed harsh rhetoric in response to joint military exercises between the US and South Korea, which take place each spring.

The creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) said he's been to North Korea twice, seeking investments but the US government is holding him back, Fox Business Network explained.

In their most recent meeting two weeks ago, Pompeo said he and Kim spoke about their mutual goals for the talks. Trump said he'd noticed "a little change" in Kim's attitude after the trip.

"There was a difference when Kim Jong Un left China the second time", Trump said.

Trump encouraged Kim to focus on the opportunities offered by the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim's personal security but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North.

"Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", he said.

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