US, North Korea Still Far Apart on Key Details

Analysts are worried that Trump hasn't done his homework
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2018 6:24 AM CDT
President Trump shakes hands as he meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – President Trump and Kim Jong Un have both arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's historic summit—but while they are close to each other in location, in separate luxury hotels, the two sides are still far apart on key details. North Korea and the US are still not in agreement on what denuclearization could mean, or even what will be discussed on Tuesday, reports Reuters. Officials met for hours Monday to try to hammer out details of Tuesday's meeting, which Trump sounded optimistic about. "We’ve got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it’s going to work out very nicely," he told reporters after meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In other developments:

  • Lowered expectations. Both sides have stressed that nobody should expect breakthroughs to happen after a single meeting, the Washington Post reports. North Korean officials and Trump have both described the summit as the first of possible multiple meetings and a gradual normalization of relations. Officials tell the Post that Tuesday's summit will start with Trump and Kim being photographed on the island of Sentosa. They will then talk for about an hour, with their interpreters as the only other people present, before they meet with advisers.

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