On Thursday, Trump offered reassurance to the North Koreans that "the Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all". "I think right now, it's dead", he said.
Trump, who has pitched himself as the ultimate negotiator, has focused on ambitious deals as president but has struggled with the fine print. What about the release of those three USA citizens, all Korean-Americans, who had been imprisoned on the vaguest of charges, two of them arrested at the Pyongyang airport as they were about to leave after brief stints at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology?
Supporters stress that sometimes Trump's ambitious efforts do pay off, as with the massive tax cut bill he signed into law late past year. Last week, he pointed to Kim's recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the moment when North Korea's position hardened, suggesting that China-North Korea's primary trading partner-had somehow undermined America's "maximum pressure" strategy. Trump has maintained publicly that his goal is to see the Korean Peninsula denuclearized, and the North has agreed to put its nuclear program on the negotiating table as a condition for the talks. "Both sides are just too far apart".
Moon's visit to Washington Tuesday was scheduled in the wake of his own feel-good summit with Kim at the end of April and was meant to help Trump prepare for his summit with the North Korean leader, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. It was Moon's government that delivered the initial invitation from Kim for a meeting, and South Korea has been pushing the US toward a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis. -North Korea summit. The U.S. wants to see complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North, but Pyongyang's latest warning has fueled skepticism it will abandon its nuclear weapons program at all. When asked if Trump could still walk away from the summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, he replied: "Well there's no question".
"The Trump administration has to be very careful here because they need to have a deal where Kim gives up those nukes", Kazianis said.
Concrete gains for Trump would be slower to emerge.
One official said the priority of the talks in Singapore would be to reach a topline understanding with Kim, with details to be fleshed out later.
If not, the North would face what Trump called "total decimation".
Two visits by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the past two months have apparently failed to yield much clarity on Kim's intentions.
Victor Cha, a professor at Georgetown University and former White House official, said the best outcome would be "good optics, good atmospherics, some broad statements on denuclearization and peace, and some immediate deliverable". He said the worst-case scenario was cancelling the meeting. Are we going back to where we were in 2017? On a trip to Beijing in March - Kim's first outside the country since taking power in 2011 - Xi told him that China has made a "strategic choice" to have friendly ties with North Korea, and they would "remain unchanged under any circumstances".
I think the coin does a great job of capturing Trump's waddle.
"The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies".
Stony faced, Donald Trump stares down a smiling Kim Jong-un in a high-stakes scene, unfolding entirely on the surface of a coin.
Liberty golf finishes eighth in Raleigh Regional
Corner, playing as an individual, is two strokes out of the lead and ranks third out of 75 among the individual competition. May tied for 16 with 11 birdies, while Braden Bailey , Ryan Grider and Perrine tied for 19 with 10 birdies apiece.