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Trump And South Korean President Plot Strategy On North Korean Nukes

Trump And South Korean President Plot Strategy On North Korean Nukes

The change in tone from North Korea last week went from that the all-smiles meetings between Kim and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to the regime's chief negotiator Kim Kye Gwan issuing a statement saying he is "totally disappointed" by recent "extremely unjust" comments from USA officials and singling out the American demand that North Korea give up all its nuclear weapons before getting anything in return.

Trump also reportedly asked President Moon during a 20-minute phone conversation on Sunday about the sudden shift to a hard-line stance by the North last week, when it threatened to pull out of the Kim-Trump summit in protest of Washington insisting on complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of its nuclear weapons.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon expressed regret on Tuesday.

Isolated North Korea's offer to scrap the test site was seen as a key concession in months of easing tension between Pyongyang and its long-time bitter rivals, South Korea and the United States.

Foreign news media outlets heading to the North include Sky News from the UK, CNN from the US, CCTV from China and RT from Russian Federation.

"We hope that North Korea is going to be transparent like they said", Will Ripley, a CNN correspondent based in Hong Kong who is on his 18th trip to North Korea, told reporters before departing from Beijing International Airport. He said if an agreement is reached, China, Japan and South Korea would invest large sums to "make North Korea great". "As a journalist, (it is regrettable.) I am also a journalist", he was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.

"If the North-South relations face a grave difficulty again owing to the provocation of human scum, the blame for it will be entirely on the South Korean authorities", the report said.

The exact timing for the ceremony at the Punggye-ri site has yet to be announced.

Won Jong-hyok, a Beijing correspondent for North Korea's state-run Rodong Shinmun. Mentioning the USA elimination of Gadhafi, Trump told reporters at the Oval Office, "That model will take place if we don't make a deal, most likely". "The high-level meeting with Seoul, canceled last week over the South Korean-US joint military drills dubbed Max Thunder, would have been useless at least as far as basic issues go". Denuclearization programs are measured in months, not days, and for North Korea, which has already demonstrated thermonuclear capability, it would likely take years to dismantle and verify that it had abandoned its atomic efforts, should it agree to do so.

"We believe there is a 99.9 percent chance the North Korea-U.S. summit will be held as scheduled", said Chung Eui-yong.

". If the U.S.is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and can not but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit", Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement last week.

"The Clinton administration, even the Bush administration got played in the past".

"If the North Koreans stiff him, if they sit down and meet with him and try to play him, they're going to regret it".

The North is unhappy with the USA making it look weak and wants to make sure other issues such as human rights are not brought up during the summit, which could embarrass and undermine the North Korean regime, he said.

"Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un would claim to have completed the objective set by his great ancestors and ended the war with America, making the USA recognize defeat", he said.

"I think a lot of people who were involved with the Roh administration are concerned about Bolton because he was such a neoconservative at the time, and it seems that he hasn't changed", said Dr Lee Geun, a professor of political science at Seoul National University.

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