North Korea replaces top three military officials

06 June, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Norman Carr
  • The meeting would be the first time Mr Kim has hosted a fellow head of state

With improvement in relations with South Korea is on the course, Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit may end up as forward looking.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the venue of the highly anticipated summit on Twitter Tuesday, adding that "We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality".

The location offers excellent security, a track record of putting together top-level global gatherings and long-standing ties with North Korea.

Meanwhile, the United States team in Singapore ended weeklong discussions with North Korean officials last week and had finalized logistical details for the summit, which played a key role in giving Trump the confidence to reinstate the summit on Friday, CNN reported, citing a senior White House official.

Mr Trump revived the Singapore summit on Friday after cancelling it a week earlier.

Cha said global inspectors would then have to be allowed in to check the sites and stores before the United States could begin to contemplate rewarding the North Koreans with concessions.

North Korea has reportedly removed its top three military chiefs in what's being seen as an attempt by the leadership to continue the thawing of relations with the outside world ahead of this month's planned summit with the USA in Singapore. "Whether we can find the path to denuclearization and a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, the summit holds the key", ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.


The Singapore government has said police would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would be prohibited in the area.

Trump also said that there would be no new sanctions while the talks are taking place, although the White House was at pains to say existing economic sanctions will not be removed either.

Gen Kim Yong-chol's visit came a day after he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY, who described their talks of denuclearisation as "substantive".

And, according to Davenport, it may also be unrealistic - and unnecessary - to demand that North Korea give up all its ballistic missiles.

Further, Davenport told Mic, the letter could be construed as calling for sanctions relief to North Korea only after its nuclear weapons have been dismantled and removed.

Rodman, 57, who has visited with Kim five times since 2013, will arrive in Singapore the day before the June 12 summit - "and sources said he could even play some sort of role in the negotiations", according to the report.

That official said USA negotiators' efforts to press for definitions of immediate, comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation by North Korea had run into opposition from the White House.

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