Trump seeks to placate North Korea's Kim over uncertain summit

Trump seeks to placate North Korea's Kim over uncertain summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met on April 27 for a historic summit at Panmunjom and issued a joint declaration calling for improving inter-Korean relations and working for complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.

"He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump said.

On Tuesday, the KCNA informed that North Korea's authorities revoked negotiations with Seoul that were scheduled for May 16, because of the Max Thunder joint military exercises between the USA and South Korea that had started on May 11.

Trump also said that the U.S. had not heard official word from the North Koreans about any intention to pull out.

Bolton's original comments about a Libya model appeared to address the disarmament in 2003, while Trump on Thursday appeared to address Gaddafi's death in 2011, something North Korea has picked up on and responded to.

"We can not let that country have nukes".

White House National Security adviser John Bolton with US President Donald Trump
White House National Security adviser John Bolton with US President Donald Trump

Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of North Korea, was quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying that South Korean authorities launched "the extremely adventurous 2018 Max Thunder joint air combat exercises with the United States which was aimed at precision strike on key strategic objects of the North Korea and the seizure of the air control".

North Korea had said it would not return to talks with South Korea due to the exercises.

Mr Trump said that as far as he is aware, the meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore was going ahead as planned.

The current uncertainty comes at a time when Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has drawn criticism internationally and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has fuelled deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border.

Pyongyang's official criticized Seoul for participation in joint military exercises with the U.S., noting that the South supports Washington's position that comes down to the need to continue to exert maximum pressure over the North until its total denuclearization. -North Korea summit on local elections slated for June 13 on concerns that current chill in inter-Korean ties may negatively affect the outcome of the election. "The North is pressing the South into standing on its side when it holds talks with the U.S.", Rep. Choung Tae-ok, a party spokesman, said.

Pompeo, who returned from his second visit to Pyongyang last week with the freed Americans, has taken a softer line than Bolton, stressing the economic benefits, possibly including United States investment, that could flow to North Korea if it agrees to denuclearize.

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