At the Trump-Kim Summit, Human Rights Are on the Agenda

Daniel Fowler
June 12, 2018

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

In the same statement, the White House said the talks between United States and North Korean officials were moving "more quickly than expected", though didn't elaborate on what precisely that meant for Trump's stated goal of securing North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization.

The two leaders shook hands and posed for photographs, before moving inside the hotel to talk to reporters.

"I think it is well to keep in mind that Kim Jong Un has given up nothing at this point". "It's my honor and we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

Goldgeier expressed concern about the plan for Trump and Kim to meet alone, with only interpreters in the room. "We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session. "I also think I'll know whether it will happen fast", he said at the G7 summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un kicked off their historic meeting in Singapore on Tuesday.

The sense of fun in the reporting is also a contrast with the more sober way in which the North Korean media would usually handle an official trip. "You have to work with those people to make sure that they're not encouraged to go out and sell their skills to others", Albright said.

The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high.

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A hand from the US President on Mr Kim's arm provided some warmth to an exchange being so closely scrutinised around the world.

One US official said the two sides were working to craft a joint US-North Korea "statement of understanding" that could be released after the talks.

For North Korea, denuclearization involves the United States withdrawing troops from South Korea and pulling back the nuclear umbrella over USA allies in the region.

But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by Tuesday evening, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected" but gave no details.

But John Sifton, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch in Washington, contends that rights issues can't be separated from the goal of reaching a nuclear deal with North Korea.

Pompeo laid out some of the US cards on Monday, saying the administration was sticking to its demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

North Korea, however, has shown little appetite for surrendering nuclear weapons it considers vital to the survival of Kim's dynastic rule.

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