June 12 summit: ‘Kim Jong-un’ and ‘Donald Trump’ reach Singapore

31 May, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Carlos George
  • North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

Meanwhile, a USA team led by current Ambassador to the Philippines and former United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim held its first meeting with a North Korean team led by Vice Foreign-Minister Choe Son Hui on Sunday on the DPRK side of Panmunjom.

The man said to have masterminded the attack, North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong-chol, is expected to arrive in NY on Wednesday in a flurry of diplomacy aimed to salvage an on-again, off-again summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

Trump has confirmed that a top North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, is headed to NY for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right hand man, was expected to arrive Wednesday in NY where he will meet later this week with Pompeo, Sanders said.

The Trump-Kim summit is set for June 12, back on schedule after the USA president briefly pulled out, with officials now scrambling to get ready.

South Korea's president Moon Jae-in gave details about his surprise meeting on Saturday with Mr Kim in the Panmunjom truce village, saying Mr Kim had committed to sitting down with Mr Trump and to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim to handle pre-summit negotiations.

South Korean media also reported that a North Korean delegation arrived in Singapore on Monday night, where other US officials, led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, are preparing for the summit. "This is a strategic opportunity for North Korea to show its sincerity in opening up positive dialogues with the U.S.". North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

"I just want to mention we're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea".

"(Former U.S. President) Ronald Reagan once said, 'Trust but verify, '" Michael Raska, assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Meeting trump and Kim Jong UN should pass on June 12 in Singapore, reminiscent of "Bagnet".

Trump tweeted early Tuesday: "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea".

Kim Yong Chol at Beijing airport on Tuesday.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Washington and Pyongyang were engaging in "working-level" talks to arrange the possible summit, but said it couldn't confirm specifics.

"The United States continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit with leader Kim in Singapore", she said in a statement Tuesday. They later reported that Kim changed his flight to go to NY on Wednesday.

Two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating, including a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation by the USA, appeared to be paying off as the two sides engaged in their most substantive talks to date about the meeting.

Tuesday witnessed North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong-chol at Beijing global airport heading to the United States for talks.

Ivanka Trump was seated in front of Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, during the Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Trump pulled out of the meeting Kim Jong Un last week, but then said a day later that it could get back on track. It's not known what else he will do in the United States besides meet Pompeo, who has visited North Kore twice recently to discuss a U.S.

USA officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later.

Kim would be the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the United States since 2000, when Vice-Marshall Jo Myong Rok invited president Bill Clinton to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, with the prospect of sealing an agreement on curbing the North's missiles.

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