Thursday, 21 June, 2018

South Korea want more talks with North Korea before summit

Trump: Plan for June summit with North Korea 'hasn't changed' US officials in summit-planning talks with North Korea at Panmunjom
| 29 May, 2018, 11:31

Trump last week pulled out of the summit with Kim, planned for June 12 in Singapore, before announcing he had reconsidered and that USA and North Korean officials were meeting to work out details.

"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself", Trump said in a tweet.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials including Sung Kim, the US ambassador to Manila, were heading Tuesday to the border village between the Koreas where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.

Moon said Saturday's summit with Kim, which was organised on short notice after the North Korean leader requested a meeting, should be a model for increased contact between the leaders of the two Koreas. Sung Kim, the former USA ambassador to South Korea who is now ambassador to the Philippines, led that American delegation, a United States official told Reuters.

Howard X, who speaks English flawlessly, said the objective of his trip was to wish for a successful summit between the real Kim and Trump.

Trump canceled the June 12 summit on Thursday, but then a day later suggested it could be back on track, and the latest White House statement says the meeting is "expected".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, to handle the main pre-summit negotiations in the DMZ border village of Panmunjom.

The last time the two sides were scheduled to meet, the North Koreans never materialized and Trump scrapped the summit.

The report said meetings with Sum's group would continue through Tuesday at Unification House, in the northern part of the demilitarized zone.

On Monday, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the phone and the White House confirmed that the two will meet ahead of the summit.


Members of Congress said the devil, as is always the case with North Korea, will be in the details.

At the same time, a team of US government officials left US Yokota Air Base in Japan for Singapore on Monday, NHK said.

"I said that guy looks a lot like me, and I thought, wow, I need to do something with this and make some money", he added.

Pentagon official Randall Schriver was part of the United States team, the official said.

President Donald Trump halted new sanctions aimed at putting pressure on Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. has frequently called for the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Among those in North Korea on behalf of the USA was Sung Kim, the veteran diplomat and current US ambassador to the Philippines.

The Blue House said on Monday that discussions on Mr Moon's potential involvement in the US-North Korea event were at an early stage. The South Korean presidential office said later in a text message that Seoul is "just considering the possibility" of such a meeting and "at a working level". In a press conference Sunday morning, Moon weighed in on Kim's feelings about negotiations, saying that "what's uncertain for [Kim] is not his intentions for denuclearization, but Washington's stance in hostile relations with North Korea, and whether Washington can really secure and guarantee his regime".

Hooker, a former East Asian and Pacific affairs analyst with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was appointed director for Korean affairs at the NSC in 2014.

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