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S.Korea willing to help realize US-N.Korea summit

S.Korea willing to help realize US-N.Korea summit

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to continue close coordination in advance of the "expected summit" between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, is traveling to NY and will meet with Pompeo later this week, said White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders in a statement.

Kim's visit to the United States comes as US and North Korean officials are holding pre-summit meetings both at the truce village of Panmunjom, on the northern side of the inter-Korean demilitarized zone, and in Singapore.

Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing.

The latest positive progress for the summit, originally scheduled on June 12 in Singapore, came after Trump canceled the meeting on Thursday, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" displayed by Pyongyang recently. American officials are now in North Korea to meet their counterparts in the truce village of Panmunjom on demilitarized land near the South Korean border. Later, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the nations' officials have been engaged in talks at the Korean village of Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ. The statement didn't say when Trump and Abe would meet, but both are scheduled to attend the G20 summit later this month in Toronto.

The foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday that Lavrov would hold talks with North Korea's foreign policy chief to discuss bilateral issues as well as the overall situation on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited diplomatic sources as saying that Kim was on an Air China flight to NY that departed later Wednesday afternoon.

In October 2000, then-leader Kim Jong Il, the current North Korean leader's father, sent Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok to Washington on a then-unprecedented goodwill mission.

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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has also been having calls with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts "virtually every day" over the past couple of weeks, including a call with South Korea's National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong earlier in the day, Sanders said.

Analysts believe the United States is trying to determine whether North Korea is willing to agree to sufficient steps toward getting rid of its nuclear weapons to allow a summit to take place. It includes senior officials with the National Security Council and the Pentagon.

On Sunday, the U.S. State Department said American and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom.

Kim Yong Chol's trip comes amid two sets of other pre-summit talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

USA and North Korean officials have been continuing preparations for the possible summit. "That hasn't changed. And it's moving along pretty well, so we'll see what happens", he said.

In an odd twist, a list of potential concessions by North Korea in the Central Intelligence Agency analysis included the possibility that Kim Jong Un may consider offering to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill, according to three national security officials. Sanctions relief would open the door for more trade with China, South Korea and possibly Russian Federation — partners North Korea trusts more than it trusts Washington — and potentially unlock access to global financial institutions.

Despite the North's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether Kim Jong Un will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.


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