Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Moon to visit Washington ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

Moon to visit Washington ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

According to ABC News, Donald Trump indicated earlier this week that he would like to hold the summit in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, the location of the recent meeting of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this week, the United States president suggested that the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, between North and South Korea would be an excellent venue for the planned summit, but that Singapore was also a possible site.

The Moon visit was announced after Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House on Friday.

The announcement comes just one week after the historic inter-Korean summit, where both Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-In vowed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Al Jazeera's Kathy Novak, reporting from the South's capital, Seoul, said that "many people here are feeling a renewed hope about this country's relationship with North Korea". The North Korean leader now awaits a meeting with US President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

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He vowed to continue efforts to send leaflets over the border to "let North Koreans know the truth" and "bring an end to the North's Kim Jong Un regime". And a lot of things have happened, with respect to the hostages. Kim's approval rating in South Korea spiked from just 10 percent in March to almost 80 percent as of this week, according to a recent poll. Two weeks ago, shortly before the inter-Korean summit, Moon said that Kim actually wasn't insisting on a longstanding demand for the withdrawal of USA troops as a precondition for abandoning his nukes.

Anything is possible at a summit where Trump may be trying to pull American soldiers out of Korea, while Kim is arguing for them to stay.

Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim was in the offing, but again was sparing on the details.

On April 27, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked whether it would be necessary to maintain the American troops on the Korean Peninsula if indeed there was a peace treaty, he said that was part of the issues that the US would be discussing with its allies first beside North Korea.

"Given this is only a conciliatory move in the build-up to the summit, I think the meeting is likely to produce something more concrete", he said.

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