US, NK officials to meet in Singapore for summit preparations

29 May, 2018, 08:54 | Author: Carlos George
  • 27 2018 by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency South Korean President Moon Jae-in right is guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left at the northern side of Panmunjom in North K

The two sides had announced that the historic summit (a sitting US President has never met a North Korean leader) would take place June 12 in Singapore.

In previous, failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

Few American officials have more experience of dealing with North Koreans than Sung Kim.

Nauert provided no further details.

American officials are now in North Korea to meet with their counterparts in the village of Panmunjom on demilitarized land near the South Korean border. Those meetings are expected to continue into Tuesday.

Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realising the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.

But without a clear plan of objectives, the talks could leave the U.S.in a worse position than if it holds off on the talks.

The talks, which Moon said Kim had requested, capped a whirlwind 24 hours of diplomatic back and forth. Marco Rubio's comment during his earlier appearance on "This Week" Sunday that Kim Jong Un is not going to denuclearize.

The U.S. president has increasingly offered economic rewards in exchange for denuclearization, although the exact terms of any deal are unclear.

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A North Korean statement issued in response to the news saw DPRK first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan say his country remained prepared to hold face-to-face talks "at any time and in any way".

Another "pre-advance" team is heading to Singapore to meet with North Koreans, the White House said.

"Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean peninsula's denuclearisation and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted", Mr Moon said.

In the meantime, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim held a second meeting in Panmunjom Saturday.

"Trump's unexpected response totally took Kim by surprise and left the North scrambling to find a way to mend things", Cho Sung-ryul, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy, told AFP. "They shared the opinion that they would meet frequently in the future to make dialogue brisk and pool wisdom and efforts", KCNA said.

Libya agreed to abandon its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief in 2003, seen by Pyongyang as a direct cause of the downfall of leader Muammar Qaddafi and his death in 2011.

In fact, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Monday, citing US officials, . that Washington is asking Pyongyang to first transfer the 20 nuclear warheads it is believed to have.to somewhere outside of its borders as soon as possible. -North Korea summit. Traders are ignoring the weaker Dollar, but may be reacting to slightly higher U.S. Treasury yields based on the weaker June 10-year U.S. Treasury Note futures contract.

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