Preparations underway for US-N Korea summit

12 May, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Hope anger for relatives of South Koreans kidnapped by North

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear the us team won't accede to a phased lifting of the worldwide sanctions that they believe forced Kim to the table.

The statement was released through the Pentagon by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Neither the president nor congressional leaders expected Kim to release the Americans.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Trump eliminated the demilitarized zone on the inter-Korean border as a potential location for the talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Tomas Ojea Quintana is the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea.

The ministry said the North will continue to "promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighboring countries and the worldwide society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and over the globe".

Interested in North Korea? It was Pompeo's first since becoming the head of the State Department. It is also one of just 47 countries to host a North Korean embassy.

He said of the North Korean leader, "I really think he wants to do something", adding, "I really think a lot of progress has been made".

North Korea has faced major economic sanctions by the United Nations in recent months, hitting its already stunted economy, after Kim's government continued its testing of rockets with the stated intent of reaching the USA mainland with a nuclear weapon.

On the brink of starvation, she and her brother burned so hot with fever that they could only find relief on the cold concrete floor of their home in rural North Korea.


But remember this: just previous year, Trump and Kim were both threatening to obliterate each other's nations with nuclear weapons.

He says, "We have no illusions about that".

Shinzo Abe said in a televised interview that Kim should understand that agreements with the United States and South Korea on better relations and denuclearization are not enough to win Japanese aid, and that the abductees must be released.

"While the freedom of three American prisoners is a fantastic start, let's acknowledge that Kim has not yet ushered in freedom for all".

On top of that, Trump's team has few experts who have actually met or spoken to a North Korean official.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter visited after leaving office, multiple rounds of non-proliferation talks have taken place, and a deal was even signed in 1994.

Trump is on hand to greet Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews, along with many senior administration officials. The men walked without assistance to the US government plane that flew them out of Pyongyang and were in the air less than an hour after leaving custody.

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"The distance is also an attractive feature for Kim Jong Un, as Singapore lies 4,700km away from North Korea", he added. He returned on a separate plane, joining Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the tarmac.

Mr Pompeo said he had "good, substantive" conversations with Mr Kim in Pyongyang in what was his second meeting with the North Korea leader in less that six weeks, and believed both sides understood the ultimate goal of the summit.

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