President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as a "one-time shot" for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations, saying he would know within moments if Kim is serious about the talks. But he found the North Korean participants hospitable, curious and hopeful about the future.
There are worries from some quarters about Kim's intentions and his willingness to actually follow through on any commitment he might make in Singapore.
"I'm glad to say that as of now, it's all systems go", he said. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
President Trump cited the unprecedented nature of the meeting and said he was convinced that Kim wants to do good things for his country.
Mr Trump already has two big wins to show his domestic audience - he welcomed home three U.S. detainees on their release from North Korea and can show them Pyongyang's destruction of its only nuclear test site.
"I don't want to get too far into the details, but when you think about complete denuclearization, it would certainly be all of their sites, not just those that have been declared", Pompeo said in an interview Friday with YTN, a South Korean TV network.
"Despite the president's diplomatic progress, your media is still hating, doubting and - sadly, many [people] even - actively rooting for failure", Hannity said. "We hope that he'll be successful and strongly encourage him to reach an agreement that meets the five principles that we've laid out". Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his guarantee of survival.More news: James had badly hurt hand after 'self-inflicted' injury
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"I don't think I have to prepare very much".
A delicate aspect of the Trump-Kim summit is that the United States is meeting with a de facto nuclear state that desires détente without denuclearization, while the U.S. wants détente in exchange for denuclearization.
While the island republic has close military links with the United States, it is not one of Washington's treaty allies, and over the years has allowed over 2,000 warships from some 30 countries to berth at its naval bases. It was only upon arriving in South Korea that Kim said he realized "how unhappy we were".
"I am on my way to Singapore where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World". "That's why I feel positive because it makes so much sense". Three years later North and South Korea became sovereign nations, and two years after that, on June 25, 1950, the North sneak-attacked its southern rival, looking to unify the peninsula by force.
His remark brought ire from many, including MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle, who wondered how his appearance in softcore porn related to hardcore worldwide relationships. Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S.
The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the US and South Korea.
"But It depends on what they're talking about it and it depends on their willingness to take time and work around the periphery and ultimately to get to the really hard cards in the pack; human rights and nuclear weapons".