Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump's push for June 12 N Korea summit keeps organisers busy

Donald Trump's push for June 12 N Korea summit keeps organisers busy

That's according to a Central Intelligence Agency report which claims that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is unwilling to give up his entire nuclear arsenal, making U.S. President Donald Trump's stated goal of eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons stockpile unrealistic, NBC News reported.

'If the North Koreans don't agree in a joint statement that lays out denuclearization -that is, getting rid of their nuclear weapons, having them put under control by global elements - then I don't think we are going to go very far, ' Chris Hill, a former ambassador to South Korea, said Tuesday.

The latest sign was the news that Kim Yong Chol, a four-star general who has been at the forefront of North Korea's diplomatic outreach, had landed at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, according to television footage from the airport.

Trump also trumpeted in his tweet that Kim's trip to NY a new sign of progress for the leaders' meeting, was "solid response" to his letter.

Once he sets foot on USA soil, he will be the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the country and hold talks with government officials since the late Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok's meeting with then-President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Trump appeared to relent on Saturday, telling reporters in Washington that he was "still looking at June 12 in Singapore" for the summit.

It's unclear how the New York, Singapore and DMZ meetings will differ from each other.

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At their first meeting on April 27, Kim and Moon announced vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough that increases the chances of successful talks between Kim and Trump. The summit is planned on June 12 in Singapore.

"Abe wants to get the precise nuance of the USA negotiating policy", said Yoichi Sato, a professor of global security studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. That landed him on the US sanctions list, which bars him from entering the USA, which mean he's likely been granted a waiver to make the trip to NY.

Kim was probably headed to NY, where North Korea has a mission to the United Nations, rather than to Washington because it was easier for him to get a visa there, another U.S. diplomat said.

"There's a long, long, long list of North Korean statements of them never abandoning their treasured sword of nuclear weapons", he said.

She says Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's vice chairman of the Central Committee, is traveling to NY and will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week. But unlike Jo, Kim will meet the USA secretary of state, not the president, and is going to NY and not Washington. And after a suitably conciliatory statement from North Korea, Trump said the same.

Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7 to coordinate their thinking ahead of the summit.

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist at Stanford University who has served as a top adviser to the federal government on these issues, issued a report on Monday outlining what he and his colleagues feel is a more realistic approach to the denuclearization of North Korea. I think this news could be quite important. Additional meetings are planned this week.

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