North Korean group led by high-ranking party official visiting China

The next US presidential election is held in November 2020.

Late Tuesday night, Trump tweeted: "I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting".

"Barring a catastrophic error by Kim, what he has created with his first summits makes it impossible to return to the maximum pressure policy", Joseph DeThomas, a former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, wrote last week for 38 North. Since North Korea has now agreed to denuclearization, the global community, including the United States, should seize the opportunity to facilitate this process.

His US trip, likewise, will be aimed at telling Trump what to expect, as well as what not to expect, from his upcoming dialogue with Kim. North Korea is desperately in need of energy.for their people. Given this, it seems unlikely that Beijing would be invited in to add further complexity to what are already hugely high-stakes negotiations. They were the last group of US scientists to make such a visit, and since then, North Korea's HEU facilities and stockpile have been opaque. This could mean that the United States will not immediately lift sanctions on the North in a phased manner, awarding each action.

Xi's presence would suggest that the three leaders may have secretly agreed on a fait accompli outcome to the summit: A peace treaty to end the war.

For instance, Kim's foremost interest is to secure his regime's survival through extracting major concessions from a seemingly united world.

Moreover, Beijing has in recent months drastically increased its pull over Pyongyang.

From the New Year's Speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to the successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to the historic summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim, we have watched a series of dramatic pictures and unexpected turns on the Korean Peninsula. However, if Kim appears prepared to backtrack on his promises, or the meeting appears to be going nowhere, money could flood into safe havens and send them skywards once again.

Wednesday's meeting will take place at the Peace House in Panmunjom, on the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas, where the two sides signed their joint-declaration last month, the unification ministry said in a statement. While the decision could undermine confidence in his word, he is also visibly trying hard to amp up pre-summit goodwill.

"As the official venue of the summit has not been announced yet, Marina Bay Sands has no comments on your questions relating to the event", Val Chua, communications director at Marina Bay Sands, said in an email.

Meanwhile, Singapore's Straits Times has also reported that the rooms at the two possible venues for the ground-breaking summit - Marina Bay Sands and Shangri-La Hotel Singapore - had all been booked up. What is worth noting is that under this potential situation of "politics of crisis", Trump would not lose much with the "rally-around-the-flag" effect swirling around in American domestic politics, and that this could even help his party in the midterm elections in November.

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