June 12 summit: ‘Kim Jong-un’ and ‘Donald Trump’ reach Singapore

31 May, 2018, 22:10 | Author: Angel Logan
  • North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

The former spy chief is a trusted adviser to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, playing a pivotal role in preparations for an historic summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim Yong Chol at Beijing airport on Tuesday.

It allowed Mr Moon to push for a US-North Korean summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war past year.

USA officials have demanded North Korea unilaterally disarm before concessions are granted on economic sanctions or a pledge of non-aggression, while Pyongyang prefers a phased negotiations and concessions from the US.

Kim holds several high-level political and military titles in North Korea, including the ruling party's vice chairman for inter-Korean affairs.

Trump's tweet offered praise for the longtime USA adversary, and the latest signal that his concerns about the North's stance toward the summit have been allayed. That suggests Mr Kim might have chosen to first go to NY because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

Although neither side is willing to explicitly confirm that the summit is back on, Kim's visit to NY may be key to making the historic event possible. His stop in Beijing could also be related to his presence on a sanctions list that bars him from entering the United States.

Speaking over the phone earlier in the day, the two leaders reportedly discussed "recent developments in North Korea" and agreed to "continue close coordination" through another face-to-face meeting in the days leading up to the planned summit.

Family members of victims of the sunken South Korean naval ship Cheonan by North Korean attack march with defaced portraits of Kim Yong Chol on February 24, 2018.

Trump will meet its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington on June 7, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. 3 - Kim Yong-chol is on the U.S. blacklist and should be banned from visiting the U.S. But it looks like he has been granted a waiver.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has lobbied hard for nuclear negotiations between President Trump and Mr Kim, met with the North Korean leader in a surprise meeting on Saturday in an effort to keep the summit alive.

The remarks came in the wake of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's unexpected meeting with Kim Jong-un on Saturday. Details of those talks hadn't emerged yet.

Abe, one of the most vociferous supporters of Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against the nuclear-armed North, has been concerned that the mercurial US president's decision to meet Kim might result in him making a deal with Pyongyang that leaves out shorter- and medium-range missiles that could strike Japan. But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

He crossed into North Korean territory with Allison Hooker, the Korea expert on the White House National Security Council.

China said Friday that it hoped the DPRK and the US would cherish the recent progress and continue to address mutual concerns via dialogue and push for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"During the South Korea-U.S. summit, President Trump said the U.S.is willing to clearly put an end to hostile relations (between the U.S. and North Korea) and help (the North) achieve economic prosperity if North Korea conducts denuclearization", he said.

The U.S. and North Korea are seeking common ground on the steps it would take for Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons.

They met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister, the Post said.

Kim Yong-chol is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the US, after Jo Myong-rok, a special envoy of then-leader Kim Jong-il, met with Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.



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