Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

U.S. Team in North Korea to 'Make Arrangements' for Summit

U.S. Team in North Korea to 'Make Arrangements' for Summit

Amid renewed hope Sunday that a summit next month between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will actually happen, South Korea's president said that Mr. Kim committed over the weekend to a denuclearization of the peninsula and said he wants to work toward peace. "I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".

"I told Chairman Kim that if he decides and put into practice a complete denuclearization, President Trump is willing for economic cooperation and ending hostile relations", Moon said.

The United States and North Korea on Sunday kicked off an urgent, behind-the-scenes effort to resurrect a summit meeting between their two leaders by June 12, racing to develop a joint agenda and dispel deep scepticism about the chances for reaching a framework for a lasting nuclear agreement in so little time.

Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, also served as ambassador to South Korea and was part of the USA negotiating team that last held substantive denuclearization talks with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration in 2005.

Sung Kim reportedly crossed into North Korean territory with Allison Hooker, the White House National Security Council's Korea expert.

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"I urge North Korea and the U.S.to confirm each other's will by sharing their problems with each other and communicating directly", Moon added.

She also said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

If Trump is unable to negotiate those weapons away and unwilling to live in a world where North Korea poses a nuclear threat, then "you're going to have to do something to go after them at some point", the senator said.

Earlier on Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he and North Korea's Kim had agreed during a surprise meeting on Saturday that the North Korea-US summit must be held.

In their Saturday meeting, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and to a planned meeting with Trump, Moon said.

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The new preliminary talks are set to continue through Tuesday, and are being led by Sung Kim, a former USA ambassador to South Korea who has held nuclear program negotiations with North Korea in the past.

A USA delegation arrived in North Korea on Sunday as preparations for the talks continue.

North Korea has tested dozens of missiles of various types in the past two years, including one launch of its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, which is theoretically capable of hitting anywhere in the United States, on November 29. So we're looking at June 12th in Singapore. If the three-way summit is held, it is likely to include a discussion of a security guarantee for North Korea in exchange for denuclearization, Yonhap reported.

Victor Cha, who was President George W. Bush's top advisor on North Korea and was briefly expected to get Trump's nod as ambassador to South Korea, said Sunday he was now confident the summit will take place. But less than 24 hours later, Trump said the June 12 meeting would still be possible.

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