Korea Approves S. Korean Journalists to Observe Nuclear Test Site Closing

23 May, 2018, 21:09 | Author: Earnest Bishop

And yet while we are all hoping and praying for a successful outcome, the USA must also prepare for the likelihood that no amount of concessions will persuade Kim Jong-inept to part ways with his "treasured sword".

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo later told reporters the Trump administration was still planning for a June 12 summit, but he declined to predict whether it would actually take place.

Trump and Kim were scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12, but Trump cast new uncertainty on the planned summit Tuesday, saying the date could slide back on the calendar - or it may not happen at all.

"It seems President Trump was confused about North Korea's position for some reason, and it's unclear why because North Korea has been very clear about their position", said Frank Aum, senior expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace and former Defense Department adviser on North Korea. "If we don't, we won't have the meeting", said Trump.

The demolition is due to take place sometime between Wednesday and Friday, depending on the weather, according to the North. But we should also keep our expectations low and be level-headed and rational if things don't go our way.

"In an ideal world, we wouldn't just have journalists observing what's going on", said Wit. "But we remain clear-eyed in these negotiations, but we continue to prepare, and we'll see what happens", she said.

On the other hand, however, in the Oval Office with Moon, Trump said there is a "substantial" chance that the summit "may not work out".

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Mr Trump encouraged Mr Kim to seize the opportunity for the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear programme, pledging not only to guarantee Mr Kim's personal security, but also predicting an economic revitalisation for the North.

Trump's newfound hesitation appears to reflect recent setbacks in efforts to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas, as well as concern whether the self-proclaimed deal-maker can deliver a nuclear accord with Kim.

"Trump doesn't want to look like he wants this summit more than Kim does", said Bonnie Glaser, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "I don't really have any faith", said Korean-American businessman Peter Chung.

"I have no doubt that you will be able to. accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past", Moon said. "And if we don't, we won't have the meeting", he told reporters, without elaborating on what those conditions might be.

"We delivered a list of eight reporters from two outlets to the North today, and the North accepted it", the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. His spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Trump was referring to a commitment to seriously discuss denuclearization. But Pyongyang abruptly canceled high-level talks scheduled for last week to protest the ongoing joint U.S. The North also threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over USA insistence on rapidly denuclearizing the peninsula, issuing a harshly worded statement that the White House dismissed as a negotiating ploy. Trump on Monday urged China, North Korea's main trading partner, to maintain tight sanctions, tweeting that "the word is that recently the Border has become much more porous". Trump said he'd noticed "a little change" in Kim's attitude after the trip.

However, based on his own discussions with the North Korean leader, Pompeo said he was hopeful that Trump could convince Kim to make a strategic decision to denuclearize. The other journalists from the United States, the UK, China and Russian Federation arrived in Wonsan on Tuesday.


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