USA officials have laid the groundwork for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold a second day of meetings in Singapore if the two men decide they want to continue their discussions, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, defended his description of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as being on his "hands and knees" begging just days before a historic summit is scheduled to take place.
Both Trump and Kim traded threats of war and "fire and fury" for much of past year, while the US continued to lash the North's economy with heavy sanctions. "They have nothing to do with the administration, and a metaphor", Giuliani said in a telephone interview.
Mr Giuliani, who has been advising Mr Trump amid the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, also took aim at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, accusing its members of trying to frame President Trump.
"Our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship, and it would be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste", he said, adding that he believed North Korea was "contemplating a strategic shift".
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Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 in Singapore.
The summit will be held in the Capella Hotel on the exclusive resort of Sentosa, a tiny Singaporean island covered in golf courses that was once a pirate hangout. "We'll see what happens".
As to the designated location of the summit, there has been no confirmation yet, however Shangri-La hotel has been said to be the likely venue, amidst speculation about other high-end hotels such as St Regis Singapore and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the Fullerton Hotel.
It's not clear if Trump is eager for a two-day summit with Kim, but he has expressed a desire for flexibility in the negotiations and has stressed to aides and USA allies that he plans to follow his gut instincts as he negotiates with the North Korean leader.