Trump planning to open embassy in North Korea if summit with dictator goes well: report
A news screen in Tokyo flashes a report of President Donald Trump's agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong. (AFP/File / Toshifumi KITAMURA)

Donald Trump is planning to legitimize the North Korean dictatorship with an official U.S. embassy if this week's summit goes well, Axios is reporting.


The summit would go in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, Axios reports based on two sources familiar with preparations for the Singapore summit.

"It would all depend what he gets in return," said one of Axios' sources. "Denuclearization would have to be happening."

The sources say that Trump is going into the negotiations with the aim of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in a way that is "irreversible and verifiable," but that "here’s almost nothing he'll take off the table going in."

According to the sources, North Korea and the Trump administration have discussed "establishing official relations" in a way that would involve an embassy in Pyongyang.

The report did not mention whether Trump would require dictator Kim Jong-un to free the people in his concentration camps.