Sanders pointed to a meeting over the weekend between Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone. Instead, Trump got played.
North Korea shut down its major Punggyeri nuclear site, released three American detainees and took steps to return the remains of the United States soldiers, while the U.S. suspended its joint military exercises with South Korea. But the administration has framed it as a goodwill gesture to keep negotiations going, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling ABC News the day after the summit that it was about "setting the right conditions for moving forward with" talks.
What he meant, Nauert said, was that compared to one year ago, when North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, "We're in a good spot today".
The White House and Trump's surrogates insisted that the unsavory handshake would be vindicated. "There will be no surprises in terms of what we are asking them to do". Former presidents, guided by experts who understood every intricacy of North Korean politics, had failed.
North Korea research and analysis organization, 38 North, were able to secure the satellite images which came weeks after the June 12 summit. Hit by that sophisticated diplomatic approach, Kim would trade missiles for condos.
With the Libyan model now apparently cast aside, the reason why Trump would benefit from a medium to long-term strategy, rather than relying too much on immediate instincts, is that the coming phases of negotiation have much complexity for the president around United States alliances, the non-proliferation regime, and what exactly would constitute denuclearization on the peninsula. Now it is being revealed as fatally naive. Kim has also met with China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Thai rescuers say trapped boys not yet ready to dive out
Attention has now turned to how to get the group back out through several kilometres of dangerously flooded tunnels. The doctor's report on Thursday said that two of the boys and the coach are suffering exhaustion from malnutrition.
However, a North Korean research website called 38 North says satellite images show that the headquarters and other building remain in place.
But fresh doubts about Kim's intentions have emerged in recent days as independent researchers and media reports detailed North Korean efforts to increase nuclear fuel production, build more missile launchers and expand a key rocket-engine manufacturing facility. "It is a mark of how poorly President Trump prepared for Singapore that he did not anticipate this and demand sharper language and a timeline in exchange for the valuable concession of a presidential summit".
Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.
Perhaps that's by design.
At a press briefing, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said that "to continue the ongoing and important work of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary Pompeo will be leaving for North Korea on July 5th to meet with the North Korean leader and his team". "We're not going to provide a timeline for that", Nauert said. The latter would involve sealing a treaty between North and South to supplement the armistice ending the Korean War, and in the process de-escalating tensions in the world's final Cold War-era frontier.
Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Mr Pompeo would visit North Korea to discuss "how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year". "There is no precedent for a country that has openly tested nuclear weapons and developed a nuclear arsenal and infrastructure as substantial as the one in North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons", Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, wrote in a commentary published Monday.