SINGAPORE – The American minister of Foreign Affairs Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, Donald Trump, John Bolton, have different approaches followed in the run-up to the historic summit between the American president Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
Below is a timeline of events in the preparations for the historic meeting, the first between a sitting U.s. president and a North Korean leader:
- Easter weekend (end of march/ beginning of april): Pompeo, who was still CIA director, and intended to minister of Foreign Affairs, travels in secret to North Korea and carries out conversations with Kim about the planned summit with Trump. The trip is on 17 april announced.
- May 9: North Korea to release three American prisoners free and gives them with Pompeo. That brings, as the new minister of Foreign Affairs, a second visit to North Korea, where he once again Kim met.
- May 13: Bolton suggests in Us television interviews that the Libya model of unilateral disarmament should be pursued to North Korea to persuade its nuclear weapons programme to strike.
- 16 may: In a statement threatening with the withdrawal from the top, mocked, Kim Kye Gwan, the first deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea, the suggestion of Bolton of the Libya model as “absurd.”
- May 17: Trump tries Kim to calm down, saying that he is not looking for a approach in Libyan style for North Korea and that Kim is guaranteed in each deal.
- 24 may: Trump cancels the planned summit with Kim and the “open hostility” of Pyongyang, after North Korea a threat is repeated to withdraw from the summit and warned that it is prepared to a nuclear confrontation with Washington if necessary.
- 25 may: Trump says that the United States has a “productive conversations” about the recovery of the top after North Korea, a conciliatory declaration, stating that it remains open for talks.
- 30 may: Pompeo and the high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol start two days of talks in New York to be the location for the top.
- June 1: Trump receives Kim Yong Chol, who arrives in the White House with a letter from Kim Jong-un. After discussions, to which Bolton was not involved, says Trump that the top continues and he Kim on June 12 in Singapore will meet.
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