Hannity to interview Trump after North Korea summit

Hannity to interview Trump after North Korea summit

It will be the first time a sitting USA president has met with a North Korean leader.

Hours before the historic summit with US President Donald Trump is set to kick off, Kim Jong-un went out for a walk in Singapore surrounded by a wall of bodyguards. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Trump, after the first-ever meeting between USA and North Korean leaders, had been scheduled to fly back to Washington on Wednesday morning after spending Tuesday with Kim in Singapore.

North Koreans gathered outside a train station in the capital, Pyongyang, to watch news of the summit broadcast on a large screen.

At former President Ronald Reagan's first meeting with then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 1985, the two men met alone with only trusted translators. Trump had earlier tweeted about "excitement in the air!"

While Trump was optimistic about prospects for the summit between the old foes, U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo injected a note of caution ahead of the first-ever meeting of sitting USA and North Korean leaders, saying it remained to be seen whether Kim was honest about his willingness to denuclearise.

Instead, Pompeo suggested the summit, while historic, might yield little in the way of concrete success other than to pave the way for more meetings in the future.

China, both Koreas and the United States would have to sign off on any legally binding treaty, so it is unlikely Kim and Trump will do more than express an intention to end the war.

North Korea's state media has talked of a "new relationship" with the US.

Though some experts on North Korea's nuclear program say that a complete shutdown could take 15 years, Trump has talked repeatedly about a "fast" process.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before".

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Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved, an official briefed on the discussions said.

The secrecy of the North Korean leader's health is, apparently, paramount.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that North Korea had requested the plane and that "China's civil airline offered the relevant service".

While en route to Singapore, Trump said he looked forward to meeting Kim on what he anticipated would be an exciting day. "I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast". He told reporters he thinks he will know nearly immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: "I will know, just my touch, my feel".

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

Pompeo, who shifted to his current role in the spring after serving as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, spent Monday morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said.

The United States delegation at tomorrow's expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

There has been no indication Rodman would be involved in any official talks at the summit, which is aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles in exchange for economic incentives and security guarantees. Rodman told reporters at Changi airport that he came to Singapore "to see what's going on" and that he hopes "that things turn out to be well for everyone in the world".

North Korea's Kim Jong-un is already scheduled to fly out at 2pm, while Trump will leave later at 8pm.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

But Pompeo has refused to answer reporters' questions about whether the two governments had reached agreement on how to define denuclearization, and how it might play out. He's been a veteran diplomat on the issue of North Korea for over a decade.

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