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President Trump has indicated he is open to the possibility of establishing an embassy in Pyongyang. Two sources familiar with preparations for the Singapore summit say, "It would all depend on what he gets in return. Denuclearization would have to be happening."
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The same sources were adamant that this is just one of many topics that could be brought up during discussions between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but nothing has been set in stone. Just what is expected to come from the summit is unclear as the particulars of the meeting have been kept close to the chest by officials from both countries.
One of the sources is familiar enough with the president's thinking that he said Trump made it a point that nothing would be ruled out during the talks. "It’s definitely been discussed," the White House source said. "His view is: 'We can discuss that: It's on the table. Let’s see.' Of course, we would consider it. There’s almost nothing he'll take off the table going in." He also added that the North Korean officials have been extremely inconsistent in the meetings leading up to the summit, perhaps an intentional tactic to make it difficult to read them.
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The source added, "POTUS will consider any idea anyone brings him if it delivers on denuclearization that is irreversible and verifiable. He won't be played by Kim. But it is not his style to — on the front end — rule out possibilities of what could happen or may happen depending on how negotiations go."
The first diplomatic relations established between the U.S. and North Korea took place in the 1880s with Korea's former leader Joseon Dynasty but he never allowed diplomatic communication between the North's Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The White House declined to comment other than to say they will not comment on internal discussions.
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