Seoul eyes '99.9% chance of Kim-Trump meeting taking place as planned'

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"I think the best role for the United States would be some kind of multilateral initiative that could bring USA commercial expertise to the table together with other countries that are willing to invest and contribute to developing energy infrastructure in North Korea", she said. Nevertheless, Trump appeared to misinterpret Kim's overtures, relayed via South Korean President Moon Jae-in, that he would unilaterally disarm, and was reportedly "surprised" and "angered" last week when North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator released a statement to that effect. All in all, the North intends to strengthen its negotiating position ahead of the US-NK summit set for June 12 in Singapore. His aides are now looking to Moon to help determine whether Kim is taking a harder line against denuclearization than South Korea had previously communicated to them, a USA official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The journalists, including an Associated Press Television crew, will stay at a hotel in this port city on North Korea's east coast before traveling by train to the site, which is in the northeastern part of the country.

China also has to contend with the longstanding tendency of both the US and North Korea to walk away from negotiations, not to mention the volatile personalities of Trump and Kim. He has not done that.

"There has been a big difference since they had the second meeting with President Xi", Trump said last Thursday, calling it "a little bit of a surprise meeting".

Seoul eyes '99.9% chance of Kim-Trump meeting taking place as planned'
Seoul eyes '99.9% chance of Kim-Trump meeting taking place as planned'

Engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, including the upcoming UN Universal Periodic Review and a review under the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, while responding seriously to recommendations for compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which North Korea has ratified.

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It is not clear, exactly, how this message got lost, or whether Trump merely misunderstood the context of the negotiations.

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But aides who have recently left the administration say Mr. Trump has resisted the kind of detailed briefings about enrichment capabilities, plutonium reprocessing, nuclear weapons production and missile programs that [President Barack] Obama and President George W. Bush regularly sat through.

And while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dutifully planning the summit and thankfully extracted three prisoners, the former Central Intelligence Agency director surely understands the North Korean mind-set as well.

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Expert observers argue that Trump's surprise stems from months of misleading statements by South Korean and USA officials about the president's impact on North Korea and what exactly the country is offering.

If the talks between Trump and Kim go badly, the possibility certainly remains that the regime would respond to protect itself in other ways. That is typical North Korean brinkmanship.

The better part of Trump's response to the North Korean threat to "reconsider the summit" was that he issued a stern warning that if the denuclearisation talks collapse, the ongoing maximum pressure campaign against the Pyongyang regime would continue to be in place and it could face the same fate as Libya. Republican hawks in Congress are already threatening that military force will be necessary if the talks fall apart.

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The decision was made in the wake of North Korea's objection to United States military exercises in the region and a suggestion from Pyongyang that the upcoming summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump could be at risk. "If you do that, it will be the end of you-and your regime".

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