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01 June 2018, 04:44 | Floyd Cook
Trump sounds upbeat about North Korea summit
Later, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the nations' officials have been engaged in talks at the Korean village of Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ.
South Korean officials have announced that President Moon Jae-in could attend a possible summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, BBC reports.
A top lieutenant for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly about to travel to the United States to discuss a possible summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, a clear sign, if it happens, that preparations are in the final stage.
A top North Korean official has arrived at Beijing's airport on his way to a meeting in NY in hopes of trying to salvage a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
Kim Yong Chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed midafternoon on an Air China flight from Beijing.
A day later, Trump, who frequently exchanged insults with Kim Jong Un before they began talking about a summit, said he had reconsidered and officials from both countries were meeting to work out details.
North Korean state-run news agency KCNA reported on Sunday that Kim had told Moon it was his "fixed will" to hold the summit with Trump.
Kim Yong Chol would be the highest-level North Korean official to travel to the United States since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington and met President Bill Clinton amid warming ties between the wartime foes.
They discussed their shared goal of achieving "the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs".
USA officials now expect the summit to go ahead, but they want North Korea to accept that nuclear disarmament be at the heart of the discussion - and warn that there can be no end to trade sanctions without it.
"But, as the president has said", she added, "if it doesn't happen June 12 it could happen thereafter".
The future of North Korea's nuclear program, which has been a source of worldwide tension for decades, USA security guarantees and coordination for a Trump-Kim summit are likely to be at the top of the agenda, analysts said.
Lee said the US-North Korea working-level talks underway at Panmunjom signify that the 2 countries accept South Korea having some level of involvement in ongoing talks. "Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this".
USA and North Korean officials have been continuing preparations for the possible summit.
"Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean Peninsula's denuclearisation and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted", Moon said.
Their second meeting came after inter-Korean relations had chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States that ended last week.
Despite the North's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether Kim Jong Un will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.
But South Korea, which has lobbied hard for the talks between Trump and Kim, has insisted that Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way if offered credible security and economic guarantees. South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday there have been no discussions yet between Washington and Seoul on modifying the drills, which usually take place in August.
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