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US and North Korea preparing for the Trump/Kim Jong-un summit

Monday, May 28th 2018 - 07:12 UTC
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Last Thursday Trump called off the meeting, due in Singapore next month, citing  North's “hostility”. But both sides have since been working to get it back on track. Last Thursday Trump called off the meeting, due in Singapore next month, citing North's “hostility”. But both sides have since been working to get it back on track.
South Korean president Moon Jae-in South Korean president Moon Jae-in

A US team is holding talks with North Korean officials to prepare a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un. The talks in the village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, are the latest sign that the summit could take place after all.

 Last Thursday Mr. Trump called off the meeting - due in Singapore next month - citing the North's “hostility”. But both sides have since been working to get it back on track.

On Saturday Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held an unannounced meeting. Mr Moon said the North's leader had “again made clear his commitment to a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”.

Mr Kim later spoke of his “fixed will” that the summit should go ahead. On Sunday Trump tweeted that it would help the North achieve its “brilliant potential”.

Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself. I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen! End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump.

The team is reportedly led by Sung Kim, a former ambassador to South Korea, and was to hold talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui. The aim of the talks is to set an agenda for the summit between the leaders.

However there is still a lot of ground to be covered and Mr Trump has clearly shown that if he does not think a deal can be done, he will not go. It is unclear whether Mr Kim will agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal. Similar pledges in the past have not been upheld.

Analysts say the US had wanted denuclearization first - followed by rewards in the form of lifted sanctions and economic aid.

Mr Kim has indicated he wants a phased approach, with his steps met by reciprocal ones from the US and the South - mainly on sanctions but also easing of the US military presence in South Korea.

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  • Tr0lListic_Approach

    It has been a while, so I will repeat now.

    Where are all the CFK haters now? The ones who reviled her for the way she spoke and acted, according to her detractors with no sense of respect, haughty, no manners, no diplomacy, and even with outright lies.

    Trump since he took office and especially the last few months had been making CFK look like a Nobel level head of state compared to him. Trump has in vulgar terms insulted all opponents, he has threatened the press on multiple occasions with censorship, he engages in petty revenge trips, has an ego several fold bigger than her and is constantly speaking rodomontades, has urged violence against private enterprise if they don't goose step with his wishes, imposed tariffs at will, has made multiple racist remarks, has no long term thinking...

    So, where are the detractors?

    May 29th, 2018 - 03:45 am 0
  • :o))

    So when/how will the Reality-Show end?

    May 29th, 2018 - 12:23 pm 0
  • chronic

    Winning!

    Maga!

    LOL.

    May 28th, 2018 - 10:22 pm -1
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