US expects N Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

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He said, "In order to make the whole process successful, for which Donald Trump will be responsible, he would have to provide economic concessions".

Trump said China played a big role in getting North Korea to sit down for talks, and he was not just being polite.

Peterson, of Longview Global Advisors, notes that while the North Korean leader is "going to get a meeting with the President, if that meeting doesn't go well, what is he going to show his people or other people in his administration for failure?"

News of possible talks has been a dramatic turnaround from fears of war over North Korea's development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

A council diplomat said the U.S. appeal to keep up sanctions pressure showed that Washington remained skeptical about prospects for a deal with Pyongyang on scrapping its nuclear program.

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The North Korean government might have also been holding off because it's concerned the summit proposal could fall through, which could be hard to explain to their own public.

Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear program. China does not want North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons, but it also does not want the regime to change. The North continues to produce nuclear fuel, plutonium, at its Yongbyon nuclear center.

After fighting a bloody war in the 1950s - in which the Philippines fought with United Nations troops beside the US - North Korea and the US remained enemies as the war ended with an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty.

He said South Korean President Moon Jae-in believes that Seoul and Tokyo must cooperate to build on the momentum for peace that began with the PyeongChang Olympics. The South Koreans who met with Kim said he accepts that the next round of joint exercises will go ahead.

But Pence called Kim's offers to cease missile and nuclear testing while not objecting to U.S. The factory complex provided jobs to thousands of North Koreans. Worldwide sanctions against North Korea must be maintained until the complete, verifiable and irreversible scrapping of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is achieved.

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Chung made similar comments at an earlier meeting with China's top foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, who told Chung that China insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation".

"There is a possibility no nuclear submarines will be coming either", the source added.

He says Russia, South Korea and Japan will as well.

The U.S. and South Korea hold military manoeuvrs every year.

Brian Padden reported this story for VOANews.

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