Trump And South Korean President Plot Strategy On North Korean Nukes

Trump And South Korean President Plot Strategy On North Korean Nukes

A North Korean flight carrying worldwide press set to cover the dismantlement of Punggye-ri nuclear test ground left Beijing for Wonsan on Tuesday morning without a group of South Korean reporters originally invited to attend the event.

Moon's government led efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea and gave enthusiastic accounts of its encounters with Kim, spurring Trump to accept an offer of a first-ever meeting between USA and North Korean presidents.

Moon, accompanied by Chung, arrived in Washington Monday night (Washington time) to hold a summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Amid tensions in the Korean peninsula, the meet between the USA and North Korea is all set to take place.

". If the trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and can not but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit", Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement last week.

US Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un not to "play" President Donald Trump if they meet next month.

"In South Korea, many people, regardless of their political orientation, are not fond of John Bolton", said one senior official close to Mr Moon, asking for anonymity to discuss the sensitive relationship.

Yet, in the lead-up to the Singapore summit, Trump and Bolton have gratuitously referred to the "Libya model" in the specific context of North Korea.

The regime in Pyongyang has never said it was prepared to single-handedly give up its nuclear programme but has instead repeatedly made it clear this would have to be part of a "phased and synchronous" process that would involve rewards for North Korea along the way.

"It's not that North Korea rejects complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, but rather they need a tangible promise from Washington in return". The North has threatened to reconsider holding its first-ever summit with the United States and also suspended its high-level dialogue with Seoul originally set for last week. For the North Korea meeting, insiders say, he is motivated by the idea of scoring a historic deal and is tickled by suggestions he could win a Nobel Peace Prize - especially since Barack Obama won the honor early in his presidency. He added if they aren't met, "we won't have the meeting". "Make no mistake about it: America's interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into L.A. or Denver or into the very place we're sitting here this morning", Pompeo said in a TV interview from Washington. South Korea, on the other hand, might be willing to go along with a more phased approach, in which Pyongyang is rewarded for intermediate steps.

"If the North-South relations face a grave difficulty again owing to the provocation of human scum, the blame for it will be entirely on the South Korean authorities", the report said.

"This move testifies sincerity in the North's commitment to defusing tension through negotiations", he said.

"The Clinton administration, even the Bush administration got played in the past".

Basu predicted Moon could look to China for support on ensuring the talks go ahead, "otherwise all this show of diplomacy will boil down to nothing". The two countries are traditional allies, but their relationship was strained over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and China's enforcement of United Nations sanctions that have choked the North's economy, especially fuel.

"Our willingness to meet with Kim Jong-un underscores the Trump administration's commitment to diplomacy and helps solve the greatest challenges even with our staunchest adversaries", the top USA diplomat said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation. He's going to run this the way he sees fit.

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