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Top U.S. diplomat Pompeo to meet senior North Korean official

31 May, 2018, 23:09 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in embraced at the surprise summit. @TheBlueHouseKR

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a USA team had arrived in the North to make arrangements for the summit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

INSKEEP: So this helps to explain why it would have been that Mike Pompeo, then the Central Intelligence Agency director, would ultimately have been the person who went to meet Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to see what the next step was.

He is still eager to meet next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and to talk about dismantling that country's nuclear weapons program. "Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more".

South Korea's presidential office said Moon will personally announce the outcome of Saturday's summit with Kim on Sunday.

The White House is prepared for a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take place on June 12, the original date proposed for the on-again-off-again meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.

North Korea's former top intelligence official Kim Yong-chol is visiting NY this week, in the clearest sign yet that the isolated country really wants to salvage the potential summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

While there have been a few instances in which countries were persuaded to abandon their nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief and compensation, none of the cases are directly applicable to North Korea, which has advanced its nukes further and with greater zeal than any of the others.

Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday on the news, although trading was thin.

He had described the cancellation of the summit as "a tremendous setback" for North Korea and warned that the USA military is ready to act should Pyongyang take any "foolish and reckless" action.

"No matter how experienced and knowledgeable these officials are, they will not be able to change the fundamental challenge between the United States and North Korea over its status as a nuclear power".

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Trump pulled out of the much-anticipated summit last week before quickly saying the meeting could be held in Singapore on June 12 as initially scheduled. They're both very eager to revive the Trump-Kim summit.

"While Washington and Pyongyang have expressed their hopes for a summit through published statements, Moon has to step up as the mediator because the surest way to set the meeting in stone would be an official confirmation of intent between heads of states", Hong said.

Meanwhile, Trump said late Saturday that the June 12 summit was still a possibility. Some critics mocked the letter's tone, but it may have achieved the desired result. Trump told reporters that they are still considering Singapore as the venue for their talks.

An AFP photographer saw Kim Chang Son, Kim Jong Un's de facto chief of staff, in Singapore Tuesday for preparatory discussions there.

He also accompanied Kim Jong Un on both of his recent trips to China to meet President Xi Jinping, and held talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he travelled to Pyongyang.

North Korea has faced years of economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have been holding a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

Kim "has nearly an emotional attachment and a personal psychological attachment to these nuclear weapons", US Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". In his book "The Art of the Deal", Trump wrote: "The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it".

Clinton eventually visited North Korea as a former president in 2009 to secure the freedom of two detained American journalists.



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