Who sits where? What's on the agenda? Will they eat together? What's the security plan? President Donald Trump and his team have a daunting to-do list to work through as they prepare for next month's expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump's plan to meet with Kim may have come as a surprise decision, but his team hopes to leave nothing to chance when they come together in Singapore. They're gaming out policy plans, negotiating tactics, even menu items. With two unpredictable leaders, it's hard to anticipate every possibility. But White House aides are expecting hard-ball negotiating tactics — already in evidence this week as the North Koreans cast fresh doubt on the sit-down. Leader summits on this level are a massive undertaking. Much like icebergs, only a small fraction of the work is visible above the waterline. And when the meeting involves the heads of two technically still-warring states, the list of logistical concerns expands, including sensitive … [Read more...] about U.S. has daunting to-do list to get ready for North Korea summit
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Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joined CBSN anchor Reena Ninan to discuss what may happen in the upcoming negotiations between the United States and North Korea. "I think in the end, total denuclearization, maybe, is long away, but it's possible. Anything is possible," Richardson, who was also Governor of New Mexico, said Wednesday. "My worry is that we have such high expectations and then the results are modest." He expressed caution that the United States should enter the "dicey" negotiations with a clear plan. President Trump, Richardson says, needs to be fully prepared for the meeting in the face of North Korea, which will have its own agenda. Richardson says that North Korea does not tend to make diplomatic agreements formally and advised that President Trump find some other way of building trust with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "You have two very bold, unpredictable leaders that have decided to have a summit of their own," he said. "I think we have made a concession … [Read more...] about What could U.S. negotiations with North Korea look like?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Steven Mufson and Damian Paletta by Steven Mufson and Damian Paletta Email the author April 30 at 8:57 PM Email the author President Trump at the last minute on Monday evening announced he would again postpone imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, the White House said, pushing off a key economic decision while he tries to prod foreign leaders into making trade-related concessions. The White House said it reached agreements on metals imports with Argentina, Australia and Brazil, saying more details will be finalized in 30 days. The contours of those agreements could … [Read more...] about Trump delays steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and European Union, pulling back on major trade threat
Google’s executive chairman will accompany former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on a humanitarian mission to sheltered country.Business leaders have visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea before, but this will be a first for any senior executive from Google, the world’s largest internet search provider. That Schmidt will be visiting the world’s most internet unfriendly country provides a true yin and yang to the picture.It was not reported who Schmidt or Governor Richardson would be meeting with when they make the trip, which may occur later this month. North Korea may have as many as one million cell phone users, and we got to see images of an unknown North Korean tablet running Android back in September (maybe that is why Schmidt wants to go). North Koreans are not allowed to access the internet, and the cell phones are certainly not the latest Galaxy line-up from Samsung. It will be interesting to see how Schmidt, who is an advocate of … [Read more...] about North Korea to get a visit by Google’s Eric Schmidt
The breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics aren't skiers or figure skaters. They're 229 North Korean cheerleaders who have wowed the international media with their synchronized chants and identical outfits. The cheerleaders have made headlines throughout the games for everything from their fashion choices to their tightly supervised hotel conditions and bathroom visits to their reaction to the surprise appearance of an impersonator playing Kim Jong-un, North Korea's authoritarian leader. No one really knows North Korea's motivation behind sending this unusual squad to the Pyeongchang games, but experts in the country's policy believe it may be an attempt to retain a little bit of limelight and soften the closed-off country's image. Whether it's working, though, seems to be an open question. [In Photos: North Korea's Cheerleading Squad] Army of beauties The North Korean squad, sometimes known as the "Army of Beauties," has appeared at several Asian sporting events since 2002. … [Read more...] about Will North Korea’s Synchronized Cheerleaders Soften the Country’s Image?