North Korea summit to go ahead June 12 as planned

Geneva Stokes
June 1, 2018

After trading threats of war previous year, the two men agreed to meet for an historic summit on June 12. In the past, North Korea has also demanded the Pentagon reduce its military presence in South Korea, where about 30,000 USA troops are based.

At the second inter-Korean summit last week, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks on June 1 to map out detailed steps to implement the Panmunjeom Declaration, and agreed to work together to make a North Korea-US summit happen.

Trump told Reuters he was still hoping for an unprecedented meeting with Kim to push for North Korean "denuclearization", although he conceded it might require more time to reach that goal. He said the menu included steak, corn and cheese. They met at the residence of the U.S. deputy representative to the United Nations, an apartment with a spectacular view of the East River.

This marks Pompeo and Kim's third meeting. He and Pompeo have already met twice in Pyongyang.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo struck a positive tone when he addressed reporters after his meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in New York City Thursday. The summit never came about.

This notion is being referred to as the complete, verifiable and irreversible guarantee of the regime's security, or CVIG.

There were reports earlier on Wednesday that South Korean officials were noting "quite significant" differences between the United States and North Korea over denuclearization.

"I look forward to seeing what's in the letter", the President said as he left Joint Base Andrews for a trip to Houston.

The secretary was scheduled to hold a press conference at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in midtown Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., according to the State Department.

The US and North Korea remain miles apart on the goal of the summit and what can be achieved. Pyongyang's envoy joined Pompeo at the apartment of a U.S. diplomat on Manhattan's East side for the evening meal that lasted about an hour and a half.

The Red Cross meetings have served as a platform to work out details for the reunion of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War, which is scheduled to fall on the occasion of the August 15 Liberation Day this year. But they have to denuclearize.

U.S. officials now expect the summit to go ahead, but they want North Korea to accept that nuclear disarmament be at the heart of the discussion - and warn that there can be no end to trade sanctions without it.

The future can be one of "friendship", not threats. Trump, after this letter, expressed willingness to put the June 12 summit back on track. It's customary when you send a letter like that, that a letter comes in return.

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The letter from Kim Jong Un had to first be inspected by United States officials before it was delivered to the president, a White House official confirmed.

The U.S. secretary of state, who spoke with Trump on Wednesday night and with National Security Adviser John Bolton early Thursday, was accompanied by Andrew Kim, the head of a Central Intelligence Agency unit assigned to work on North Korea, and Mark Lambert, the head of the State Department's Korea desk.

South Korea has accused him of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean warship and an island in 2010, and United States intelligence linked him to a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

A State Department-branded table setting at the dinner.

But Pompeo suggested things are moving in the right direction.

Still, Pompeo said he doesn't yet know whether the meeting will proceed on the announced date of June 12 and that he believes North Korea's leaders are contemplating a different path forward that would allow their nation to more fully integrate into the worldwide community.

A senior State Department official said the objective of the meeting was to seek a broad agreement on what a successful summit might look like just two weeks from now.

"Our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship in which it could be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste", Mr Pompeo said.

But Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday (Friday NZT), complained about "US hegemonism", a comment that may complicate the discussions in NY. "The advance team led by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin met with the North Korean team in Singapore earlier today, and again expect to do so tomorrow". The lack of details served to highlight the tenuous nature of the North Korean-U.S. rapprochement. He also complained of "US hegemonism".

After his second summit with Kim on May 26, Moon voiced hopes that should the Trump-Kim summit succeed, the leaders of the two Koreas and the US could push for a declaration of a formal end to the war. "And their talks will continue".

"But the tough one is really drilling down into what they mean by denuclearisation".

The 72-year-old is a controversial figure among South Koreans.

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