United States officials hold talks with North Korea despite Trump-Kim summit uncertainty

United States officials hold talks with North Korea despite Trump-Kim summit uncertainty

United States officials hold talks with North Korea despite Trump-Kim summit uncertainty

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said.

USA and North Korean officials met Sunday at a border truce village as preparations resumed for a high-stakes, high-drama summit that President Donald Trump suggests could help the North realize its "brilliant potential".

"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day", Trump wrote.

Don't look for Mr. Kim to agree to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. The American delegation there is led by Mr Sung Kim, a veteran of previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and now the United States ambassador to the Philippines. The president later surprisingly claimed that the media had invented Pottinger, which presumably means that he did not agree with his aide's assessment that the meeting may not be logistically possible for much longer.

Two days after he told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that their June 12 summit was off, US President Donald Trump has revived hopes that it will proceed as scheduled.

"They [North Koreans] would not do that", he told Al Jazeera, adding the Trump administration does not have a grand diplomatic strategy ahead of the talks.

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"We get that done and we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, that would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea, it would be great for Japan, it would be great for the world, it would be great for the United States, it would be great for China". 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.

The fast and complete denuclearization of North Korea isn't a realistic goal, experts said.

Kim, along with his staff, was seen leaving his Seoul hotel in a diplomatic sedan in the morning, raising speculation that he could resume talks with the North following the first round on Sunday.

"If the summit is going to happen, I'm going to guarantee it won't just be me". But Moon said Sunday that he and Kim chose to meet again, rather than have a telephone conversation, as their aides suggested "candid" face-to-face talks between the leaders.

A separate U.S. team led by Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff in the White House, is organising logistics with Kim Chang Son, who is effectively the North Korean leader's chief of staff.

Still Trump tweeted that he believes the summit can move forward, and Kim, through the state-run news service, expressed a "fixed will" on the talks happening. "He's capable, level-headed, cautious, and has solid grasp of the issues and knows North Koreans well". Moon said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable". The goal of the preliminary meetings includes drafting a communiqué for both leaders to approve at their historic meeting, the United States official said. In the case of the Iran deal, a detailed plan struck in 2015 that Mr. Trump abandoned this month as insufficient, the negotiations took more than two years.

He now serves as head of the United Front Department, the arm of the ruling Workers' Party that deals with relations with South Korea.

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