Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

South Korean, US officials plot path to Trump-Kim nuclear summit

South Korean, US officials plot path to Trump-Kim nuclear summit

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on upcoming June 12, Trump announced in a Tweet Thursday May 10, 2018.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends", Pompeo added.

In recent months, increased tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs led to a barrage of insults between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two openly threatened war.

During their meeting, Pompeo also delivered a verbal message from Trump to Kim, for which the North Korean leader "expressed thanks, highly appreciating that the US president has shown deep interest in settling the issue through dialogue".

"But if he pulls off the denuclearization of the North Korean Peninsula, it will be the landmark achievement", said Brinkley.

Pompeo has had two recent meetings with Kim to prepare for the summit and, last weekend, to negotiate the release of three Korean-Americans held in the North's jails.

He made the announcement after a US government aircraft touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Washington carrying the Americans who were released by North Korea in a move to clear the way for the bilateral summit.

She says there can't be any daylight on this topic and on in particular the presence of USA forces in her country.

Fresh back from his trip to North Korea, Pompeo also described his time with the North Korean dictator, calling their conversations "warm" despite the leader's record of human rights abuses and his pursuit of nuclear weapons. One possibility is that he will confront Kim on North Korea's fluid definition of "denuclearization".

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"We welcome the North Korea-US summit to be held in Singapore on June 12".

During his surprise visit to North Korea this week, Pyongyang released three U.S. detainees.

Pompeo was the head of the Central Intelligence Agency for 15 months prior to being sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26.

Victoria Coates, Senior Director for International Negotiations at the National Security Council, the White House, told reporters that the meeting could be scuttled if Kim Jong-un did something unacceptable to the US.

The two sides initially considered meeting in the Panmunjom truce village straddling the Korean military border, the scene of the third inter-Korea summit attended by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month, the official said.

Trump confirmed the Americans' release on Wednesday morning, saying the group was airborne. "We very much appreciate that he allowed them to go before the meeting", he said. North Korea is expected to demand some form of relief nearly immediately.

One thing that is not up for negotiations, she said, was the USA military presence in South Korea - something that North Korea has long desired to end, as it seeks to reunify the Korean peninsula under its control. "I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful", Trump said of the planned summit.

Singapore and North Korea have a history - the first law firm and fast-food restaurant in Pyongyang were set up by Singaporeans - though relations snagged past year when Singapore severed trade ties under new United Nations sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programmes. "But Singapore was selected as it was the most realistically viable destination Kim Jong Un could probably travel when considering the travel time and flight distance".

Singapore "doesn't have the historical or political baggage" of other possible venues, said Sarah Teo, an expert on regional security at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). "North Korea summit" and the denuclearization of North Korea.

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