'Kim Jong Un' poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

May 29, 2018, 08:56
'Kim Jong Un' poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

Mr Kim and Mr Moon held talks in the demilitarised zone separating their two nations on Saturday in a scramble to salvage the summit.

Daily Beast contributor Gordon Chang on North Korea's response to President Trump canceling his meeting with Kim Jong Un and the Trump administration's deal with Chinese company ZTE.

A Kim Jong Un impersonator poses for a selfie with tourists at Merlion Park in Singapore on May 27, 2018.

A delegation of United States envoys met with North Korean officials Sunday in Panmunjom to work out details of the summit.

In the Oval Office Saturday, Trump said the preparations were underway, and going well.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, but quickly announced that it could get back on track.

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Trump said at the White House.

A team led by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin is scheduled to be in Singapore this weekend, meeting with North Korean officials to plan for the June 12 summit.

Hooker, a former East Asian and Pacific affairs analyst with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was appointed director for Korean affairs at the NSC in 2014.

Sung Kim, the former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and current ambassador to the Philippines, led that American delegation, an American official said.

The North's diplomatic channels have been in gear since North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan in a statement on May 16 threatened to pull out of the North-U.S. summit, after Pyongyang abruptly canceled high-level inter-Korean talks.

But Mr. Moon also made clear that any steps to dial back Mr. Kim's nuclear capabilities could come with strings attached.

A senior South Korean official said later the two Koreas were discussing a possible non-aggression pledge and the start of peace treaty talks as a way of addressing Pyongyang's security concerns before US-North Korean negotiations.

In a letter addressed to Kim, President Trump said due to the "tremendous anger and open hostility" expressed in a recent statement, he believed it would be "inappropriate" to hold the meeting.

Kim "has nearly an emotional attachment and a personal psychological attachment to these nuclear weapons", US Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Moon could travel to Singapore for a three-way summit with Kim and Trump next month, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realising the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.

Moon said North Korea was not convinced it could trust security guarantees from the United States.

The White House said Trump and Abe spoke Monday.

Analysts believe North Korea will be unwilling to cede its nuclear deterrent unless it is given security guarantees that the United States won't try to topple the regime.

Moon Jae-in meets with Kim Jong Un on May 26.

Choe's participation in the discussions at Panmunjom with USA officials indicates discussions have entered the diplomatic level to officially iron out various details of negotiation.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added.

Since taking power previous year, Moon has sought to facilitate dialogue between Trump and Kim to avoid the possibility of a devastating military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

"I remain convinced that he does not want to denuclearize, in fact he will not denuclearize", Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees.

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