'Kim Jong Un' poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

29 May, 2018, 20:49 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Ivanka Trump and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

"We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea", the president tweeted Tuesday morning. Its demands could include a reduced USA military role in South Korea or an end to the American nuclear "umbrella" over South Korea and Japan.

The announcement seems to be the next step in moving the summit forward, despite the Trump's letter to Kim Jong Un last Thursday telling him it was off. USA officials visited North Korea over Memorial Day weekend to speak with their counterparts, a visit that Trump had said was for "making arrangements" for the summit.

It is unclear when or where Trump and Abe will meet before the anticipated Singapore summit. "I hope that if the North Korea-US summit is successful, the declaration of the Korean war will be pursued through the trilateral summit". Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He sat next to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who is also a White House aide, during February's closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang which was a turning point in the nuclear crisis.

"The most important agenda item would be the method of denuclearisation", said Moon Sung-mook, a former South Korean military official who negotiated with Mr Kim in the past.

Ahead of Kim's visit to the U.S., working-level talks took place at the truce village of Panmunjeom between delegations led by the North's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, who was a former ambassador to South Korea and the top envoy for the six-party talks for North Korea's denuclearization.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials including Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to Manila, were heading Tuesday to the border village between the Koreas where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.

News of the meetings in Panmunjom and Singapore came as officials in Seoul started discussing the possibility of Mr Moon joining the summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim. Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk also did not say whether Seoul knew of any USA plans regarding Kim Yong Chol's visit, such as whether he and Pompeo would meet.

A team of US government officials, including Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, left the US Yokota air base in Japan for Singapore on Monday, NHK said.

But analysts believe North Korea will be unwilling to cede its nuclear deterrent unless it is given security guarantees that the United States won't try to topple the regime.

He coordinated Kim Jong Un's two meetings with Pompeo in April and May.

He has been closely linked to Kim Jong Un's succession and has been seen flanking the leader on several public visits.

He has also faced criticism for his alleged role in a series of North Korean provocations, including the 2010 sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors.

But North Korean state media subsequently reported on Kim's "fixed will" that a summit with Trump should go ahead.

Due to sanctions against him, Kim Yong Chol is banned from visiting the United States normally. Moon has insisted Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees.

The Korea Herald yesterday quoted a top South Korean official as saying that this would be the crux in any deal.



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