Monday, 22 October, 2018

Diplomatic duels: what now for the Trump-Kim summit?

Alex Brandon  AP Alex Brandon AP
Leonard Rios | 29 May, 2018, 11:46

In their second meeting in a month, Moon said Kim expressed willingness to cooperate to end confrontation and work toward peace for the sake of a successful summit with Trump.

It's not really North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walking the streets of Singapore awaiting talks with President Trump in anticipation of their on-again-off-again-on-again summit on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but he sure is a convincing look-alike.

"Last week's flip-flop helped North Korea earn sympathy from the global community while U.S. prestige was damaged". The White House National Security Council tells NPR's Scott Horsley that the USA delegation in Panmunjom is distinct from the team led by Hagin.

The two sides are also expected to hold separate talks on protocol and security in Singapore on Tuesday, with a White House team leaving for Singapore on Sunday.

"The president and prime minister affirmed the shared imperative of achieving the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missile programmes".

Trump and Abe are scheduled to attend the G7 meeting of major industrialized nations June 8 in Canada, giving them a possible venue to meet.

North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee. He has had the summits with Moon and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as well as two meetings with Pompeo.

Mr. Moon said Mr. Kim wanted to discuss "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" with Mr. Trump.

The talks, which Moon said Kim Jong Un requested, capped a whirlwind 24 hours of diplomatic back and forth.

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"But since that letter that he called this thing off last week, the North Koreans are suddenly warming to the possibility of a meeting that could be back on right now", Baldwin said.

Those details were supposed to have been worked out two weeks ago, when Hagin traveled to Singapore to arrange details of the talks, but the North Korean delegation never arrived.

The United States and South Korea blacklisted Kim Yong Chol for supporting the North's nuclear and missile programs in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

At the same time, a "pre-advance" team was travelling to Singapore to meet with North Koreans, the White House said.

At least that's what the senior East Asia director on the White House National Security Council, Matt Pottinger, told reporters during a press briefing last week.

Amid stalled June 12 summit talks with North Korea, the chasm on the timetable of denuclearization is as wide as "immediately" in the goals of President Donald Trump vs.

Across Asia, administration officials have been dispatched to carry out Trump's directive.

The government of China, North Korea's largest trading partner and most important patron state, is committed to ensuring that the summit happens, an article in the Global Times this week insisted. But experts are hardly optimistic about a breakthrough, even if the meeting goes ahead.

Trump announced on Sunday over Twitter that meetings between Americans and North Koreans were being held on the northern side of the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, raising hopes for the resurrection of the summit. South Korea and China account for nearly all of North Korea's land borders, so their support is essential for enforcing sanctions ramped up previous year after Kim declared the ability to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon.

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