U.S. Officials Meet With North Koreans to Discuss Summit

28 May, 2018, 08:16 | Author: Diane Mills
  • (LEAD) South Korea vows to faithfully implement summit agreement with NK

The government scrambled to gather information to help it understand what was behind U.S. President Donald Trump's recent back and forth on the potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"I think when he was campaigning for president and he said back then that he would sit down with Kim Jong Un, that the North Koreans paid attention to that and they said, here's a president, for the first time, who is not playing by the book and let's take advantage of that".

Earlier, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said both countries are holding talks concerning the summit at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Trump said at the White House Saturday.

The summit is scheduled to take place in Singapore around June 12. "And Kim wants legitimization, of course - meeting President Trump - and also, he needs a counterweight to the Chinese". "I think yes, it would be important to have the summit", he said. "And if President Trump's brand - and that's the right word here, going into this meeting - demands something like that, this is going to end up in a very bad place".

Speaking at a White House event, the president said the cancellation was a setback for North Korea and the world. But less than 24 hours later, Trump said the June 12 meeting would still be possible.

(LEAD) South Korea vows to faithfully implement summit agreement with NK

A statement from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said Mr Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Mr Trump as previously planned. So we're looking at June 12th in Singapore.

In previous failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

The American delegation is being led by former USA ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim, and also includes National Security Council Korea specialist Allison Hooker and a Defense Department official. But Mr Trump short-circuited that process in March, when he abruptly accepted an invitation to meet with Mr Kim. "The biggest challenge is for the global community to jointly prevent North Korea from evading sanctions", Kono told reporters during a visit to Yamagata Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

"However, during the US-South Korea summit, President Trump clearly emphasised that we may see not only the end of hostile relations but also economic cooperation if North Korea denuclearises", Moon said. What do they expect to see happen?

His remarks came as South Korean President Moon Jae In said yesterday that Mr Kim was still committed to denuclearisation after their surprise meeting on Saturday.

A senior South Korean official said later the two Koreas were discussing a possible non-aggression pledge and the start of peace treaty talks as a way of addressing Pyongyang's security concerns before US-North Korean negotiations. "Let's grab this opportunity", she said. Kim expressed hopes to meet for candid dialogue, reported Yonhap, to which Moon agreed.

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