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DPRK, US officials hold talks on Kim-Trump summit at Panmunjom

29 May, 2018, 07:41 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • A Kim Jong Un impersonator poses for a selfie with tourists at Merlion Park in Singapore

Trump tweeted on Sunday that USA officials had "arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself".

In the last 48 hours Trump has sounded upbeat, saying the June 12 meeting will still go ahead, or that it could happen at a later date if more time is needed.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the meeting was aimed at salvaging the June 12 summit, which Trump canceled on Thursday.

A US delegation arrived in North Korea on Sunday as preparations for the talks continue.

"We continue to prepare for a meeting between the president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un". "You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

Earlier this month, the president scrapped a meeting with Kim because of a harsh statement made by North Korea.

The North has previously used the term "denuclearization" to demand the United States pull out its 28,500 troops in South Korea and withdraw its so-called "nuclear umbrella" security commitment to South Korea and Japan. "They talk about denuclearization, allow each side to kind of cower within the ambiguity of denuclearization, and then, seriously, begin a process that makes the peninsula less unsafe than it is today". The United States has been pushing for "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" - a high bar that would require North Korea to relinquish its entire nuclear program and allow global inspectors to verify this.

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Both Trump and Abe are set to attend the Group of Seven economic summit June 8-9 in Canada.

Pence had remarked that North Korea could wind up like Libya - a country mired in chaos since it gave up its nuclear ambitions and saw its longtime dictator killed years later by US -backed rebels.

Both the State Department and South Korea's Foreign Ministry confirmed the team of officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the Korean border, in order to discuss a potentially historic meeting. The White House was preparing to announced a ramped-up sanctions regime as soon as Tuesday, but decided on Monday to indefinitely delay the measures while talks are ongoing, according to a USA official the newspaper didn't name.

She also said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown". South Korean President Moon Jae-in may possibly be joining the two leaders at the summit.

"However, during the US-South Korea summit, President Trump clearly emphasised that we may see not only the end of hostile relations but also economic cooperation if North Korea denuclearizes", Moon said.

Moon on Sunday dodged a question on whether Kim clearly mentioned whether he would agree to the USA demand for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

Sung Kim had been on standby in Seoul since last week. "Is it possible the "I'm canceling the summit" letter brought North Korea back to the table?" "But I don't think we're going to have a parade of missiles or weapons going through some destruction site that we can put on camera".

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