Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

"We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea", Trump said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

Two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating, including a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation by the U.S., appeared to be paying off as the two sides engaged in their most substantive talks to date about the meeting.

During Saturday's inter-Korean summit, the Korean leaders agreed to "positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-US relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace".

"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used", wrote the President in his letter.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency has also reported Tuesday morning that Kim Yong-chol arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning and reserved a flight to New York City.

He is among the small number of North Korean officials who have accompanied leader Kim Jong Un to all four of his recent summits- twice with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Moon held a news conference, telling reporters that Kim was still committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The officials may discuss bridging the gap between Washington and Pyongyang on what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons would look like. He added that he expected the practical talks and summit to go "very smoothly".

A North Korean delegation led by another of Kim Jong Un's trusted aides, Kim Chang Son, flew to Singapore on Monday night for talks with US officials to discuss logistical issues for the summit.

The New York talks suggest that planning for the unprecedented summit, initially scheduled for June 12, is now moving ahead - and possibly into a more advanced phase.

Also Tuesday, the White House announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in NY later this week, as the fate of a long-awaited summit between Trump and Kim remains in the air.

Over the weekend, a team of United States diplomats met with North Korean officials in the Demilitarised Zone and White House logistics experts have been talking with North Koreans in Singapore about arrangements for the leaders' meeting there.

Pyongyang has a different view of denuclearization and remains deeply anxious that abandoning its deterrent would leave the country - and its leader - vulnerable, especially while the United States maintains a robust military presence in South Korea.

USA officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later. It defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression.

"No matter how experienced and knowledgeable these officials are, they will not be able to change the fundamental challenge between the United States and North Korea over its status as a nuclear power".

Asked what would need to happen for the summit to take place, Sanders told reporters: "Denuclearization has to be on the table and the focus of the meeting".

Moon and Kim held a surprise summit in the Demilitarized Zone separating their two nations on Saturday in a scramble to save a slated June 12 summit between North Korea and the United States in the city-state of Singapore.

"We're looking at 12 June in Singapore".

United States negotiators, headed by Washington's current ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met North Korean counterparts in the truce village of Panmunjom that divides the two Koreas on Sunday.

Bessho says Japan is "working with the United States very closely".

The North denied both incidents. With its bellicose response, North Korea exposed the fact that it has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons at the negotiating table. He's a longtime Korean intelligence official with past involvement in many violent acts, and now he's heading to the U.S. More time is needed before the two sides agree on the timing of nuclear dismantlement and level of rewards.

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