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North Korea Summit: 6 Things You Should Know

North Korea Summit: 6 Things You Should Know

Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan (L) takes a selfie with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un along the Jubilee bridge during a tour of some of the sights on June 11, 2018 in Singapore. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 11 June 2018 06:31 PM

The summit between the United States and North Korea will be the one of the most historic meetings between leaders since the Korean War. When President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands Tuesday, it will be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

It’s the result of months of starts and stops, with each side vying for position. Trump last month called the meeting back on only after Kim sent an envoy to the White House with a personal message for the president, the first in 18 years.

"The relationships are building,” Trump told reporters at the time. “And that's very positive."

Here’s six things that you need to know about the summit.

1. Face-to-face

The first time the two leaders meet, it will be just Trump and Kim, along with their interpreters. This is set for Tuesday at 9 a.m. local time in Singapore (9 p.m. Monday Eastern time).

Presidential spokesman Marc Lotter told Newsmax it will be during that meeting that the president will make a determination whether Kim is serious or simply buying time for the regime.

2. Working lunch

If things go well between the two leaders, the face-to-face meeting will be followed up with a “working lunch,” accompanied by advisors on each side, Fox News reported.

The U.S. side of the table will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

3. Venue

All meetings will take place on Sentosa Island, located off the southern coast of Singapore, at the upscale Capella Hotel. The island is connected to Singapore’s entertainment district by a 1,000-foot causeway.

Peacocks freely roam the island, which includes golf courses and beautiful beaches. But all eyes will be focused on what happens within the meeting rooms.

4. Length of meeting

It’s not clear how long the meeting will last. Although the meeting between Trump and the North Korean envoy lasted nearly 80 minutes, this one may be quite short.

That, at least, was the estimation of former deputy undersecretary of defense Jed Babbin, who told Newsmax on Monday that the president may leave the meeting early as a negotiating tool.

"I have a sneaking suspicion – actually its more of a hope than a suspicion – that the president is looking favorably on the idea of walking out," Babbin said.

5. Preparation

CNN observed that while North Korea has been preparing decades for this meeting, the master of “The Art of the Deal” will rely heavily on his gut instinct and his ability to read people.

"The first minute I'll know — just my touch, my feel, that's what I do," Trump told reporters in Canada at the G7 summit.

“This isn't a question of preparation. It is a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly," Trump said last week, The Washington Post reported. “It's about attitude." 

However, the secretary of State disputes any notion that the president will simply wing it.

“I am very confident the president will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart,” Pompeo said, Politico reported.

"President Trump is going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude, and eagerness for real progress," Pompeo added, CBS News reported. "He has made it clear that if Kim Jong Un denuclearizes there is a brighter future for North Korea. Tomorrow, we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision."

6. What’s on the table

The primary goal is total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. But each side has different interpretations of what that means.

To the United States, it means a total withdrawal of all nuclear devices. To North Korea, it may mean simply halting their nuclear weapons program, without giving up any devices they may already have.

But other factors are at play also. Assuming Kim agrees to give up his nukes, there’s the question of verification.

In addition to giving up its Nukes, Trump will want North Korea to give up its ballistic missiles in order to protect allies in South Korea and Japan.

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