President Trump speaks with Singaporean PM on meeting with DPRK's Kim

13 May, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit on June 12 in Singapore where the United States leader will try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

While the two leaders have been trading barbs over the U.S. and North Korea's capabilities and nuclear power, the two nations have, of late, been trying to build a relation.

United States President Donald Trump has announced his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place on June 12 in Singapore.

Pompeo has had two recent meetings with Kim to prepare for the summit and, last weekend, to negotiate the release of three Korean-Americans held in the North's jails.

Kim's summit with Mr. Trump comes after similar diplomatic meetings with leaders like South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

To underline the challenges ahead, North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong-chul, the director of the United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Pompeo during lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that the country had "perfected" its nuclear capability.

"As we have achieved in our maximum pressure campaign of getting people to kick out North Korean diplomats, North Koreans all around the world, that has put pressure on North Korea", she said.

Coates said that North Korea handing over details about its existing program would "set us up with a greater chance of success, anything that they would like to do, but we haven't been signaling preconditions up until this point".

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Now that the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.

His remarks came during a joint news conference held with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Shuang has said that China welcomes the positive progress made by the leaders of the DPRK and the USA to prepare for the summit.

The journalists will be provided with a charter flight from Beijing to the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, from where they will travel by train to the test site, the statement said. It can be said that Trump's decision to choose a third-party country by attaching importance to neutrality was wise. "We're not going to relieve sanctions until such time as we achieved our objectives". During the trip, Pompeo met with dictator Kim Jong Un, whom he told the press on Friday that he had a "good" and "substantive" conversation with.

The president thanked Kim for the release of the three Americans. The North has been vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan.

"We would like to express out deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home".

Ensuring that North Korea lives up to its commitment to give up its nuclear weapons will be far more hard than it sounds, given that it would probably require the sort of onerous and highly invasive inspection regime - with access to previously secret sites - that North Korea has resisted in the past.

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