Trump's North Korea summit may bring peace declaration - but at a cost

Bashar al Assad and Kim Jong-un

But Trump's aides say a peace agreement early on could lower tensions, clear the air for future nuclear talks and undercut North Korea's longtime contention it needs its nuclear programme to deter a "hostile" United States.

The planned meeting between Trump and Kim is slated to take place on June 12.

The president's national security strategy, released in December, said little on the subject.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly said, because of Bolton's remarks, which upset the North, Bolton's presence in the meeting between Trump and North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol would be "counterproductive".

USA and North Korean officials are continuing to lay the groundwork ahead of the summit.

After meeting a top North Korean envoy on Friday, Trump appeared suddenly to back away from his demand for Pyongyang's swift, complete denuclearization.

"It's easy to criticize Trump's approach, but it's an undeniable fact that he got North Korea moving to this stage", a diplomatic source based in Washington said Saturday.

Both Cha and Yun said Tuesday that the Singapore summit can not reasonably be considered a success unless North Korea agrees to make a full, detailed declaration of all its nuclear sites and fissile material.

Trump told reporters at an Oval Office event that plans for what will be the first meeting between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader, were "moving along very well".

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Reporters camped outside the hotel last week to catch a glimpse of Kim Chang-son, Kim's de facto chief of staff, who travelled to Singapore to lay the groundwork for the June 12 summit.

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" policy with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table. In his New Year's message Kim Jong-un had said, "The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my desk".

"We have sanctions on, they are very powerful and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearized", Sanders said.

Former US officials and analysts say that if the meeting produces a peace declaration, this could give Trump a big headline-grabbing, made-for-TV moment on the world stage.

The government has said police would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would be prohibited.

It is a shift from the speedy, "all-in-one" denuclearization the U.S. has demanded from North Korea.

"To have a summit with a US President is something that many countries aspire to".

While Pyongyang had said it wants a phased process in which it is rewarded each time for a step-by-step implementation, the USA had been seeking a one-shot deal, in which North Korea instantly and completely gives up its nuclear program and is rewarded afterward.

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