Trump-Kim summit: Trump hints at economic rewards for North Korea
WASHINGTON – Hours before flying to Vietnam for another face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump raised the possibility that the reclusive state could reap economic benefits from working with the United States on denuclearization.
Trump has maintained punishing economic sanctions on North Korea, even as he has touted his "very good relationship" with Kim. But the president has also held out what he describes as the economic benefits for North Korea if it chooses to denuclearize.
"I think he’ll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump told governors at the White House who are gathered in Washington for an annual meeting."We want denuclearization,"
Kim has shown little sign he intends to take concrete steps toward denuclearization. Members of Trump's administration – including Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence – have said Kim views his nuclear arsenal as critical for survival.
Trump-Kim summit: North Korea must do something 'meaningful' for sanctions relief
Trump, who leaves for Vietnam Monday afternoon, has lowered expectations for the summit's success, saying he's "in no rush" for North Korea denuclearize as long the country continues to hold off on testing of nuclear weapons and missiles. North Korea last tested a missile in November, an ICBM that experts said could reach the United States. He said Monday he expected a "tremendous" summit with the North Korean leader.
Trump departs later on Monday for Hanoi to participate in two days of meetings with Kim, a sequel to their historic first meeting last June in Singapore.
The president has previously said he would not lift sanctions unless the country agrees to denuclearize. Kim and other North Korea officials, however, said they want the United States to first lift at least some of the sanctions that are crippling their economy.
That standoff is likely to dominate the proceedings in Vietnam.
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