'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons, say Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe

'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons, say Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe

Russian Federation says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to North Korea for talks on Thursday.

USA officials on Sunday entered the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone for talks as preparations continued for a summit.

Kim is as enthusiastic as Trump to see the summit happen as soon as possible, but the claim that his sudden switch to diplomacy over the past several months shows he is aching for US economic aid and private-sector know-how presents a major problem for the North Korean leader, who can't be seen as going into the summit with his hat in his hand.

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.

Trump and Kim Jong Un were set to meet June 12 in Singapore, but Trump last week announced he was pulling out.

Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, is traveling to NY and will meet with Pompeo "later this week", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement on 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.

"Everybody knows they are not going to denuclearize", said one intelligence official who read the report, which was circulated earlier this month, days before Trump canceled the originally scheduled summit. The group first met with their counterparts Sunday, and was seen leaving a Seoul hotel on Tuesday, but it was unclear whether they went to Panmunjom, a village that straddles the border inside the Demilitarized Zone.

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Kim formerly ran the People's Army's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the regime's main spy agency, and has been at the forefront of many talks, including leading a high-level delegation to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February and, most recently, accompanying the North Korean leader in his second summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last Saturday.

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

Washington is looking for signs that Kim is ready to accept that talks must lead to him giving up his nuclear arsenal and if the letter is well received it will mark an extraordinary diplomatic turn-around.

Since Kim is spending a day in Beijing before flying to NY, it is likely that he will also have reached some consensus with China before entering talks with USA officials.

South Korean media also reported that a North Korean delegation arrived in Singapore on Monday night, where other US officials, led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, are preparing for the summit. He later reversed his position, voicing eagerness to still hold the summit as planned on June 12 in Singapore. It includes senior officials with the National Security Council and the Pentagon.

During his Washington visit, Jo met then President Bill Clinton, conveyed a letter from Kim Jong Il and met Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defense Secretary William Cohen.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have been holding a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. That was a shift from last week, when Trump announced in an open letter to Kim Jong Un that he had chose to "terminate" the summit following a provocative statement from the North. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Moon has insisted he can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees.

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