Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump, Abe say 'imperative' to dismantle North Korean weapons

Trump, Abe say 'imperative' to dismantle North Korean weapons

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, "Stay focused".

Meanwhile, Kim Chang-son, a senior official of North Korea's State Affairs Commission who South Korean media refer to as Kim Jong-un's "butler", flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night.

Moon told reporters Sunday that his "friend" Kim wants to make his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump a success, and had reaffirmed his commitment to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

A statement from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said Mr Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Mr Trump as previously planned.

Nauert provided no further details. Sung Kim is a former USA ambassador to South Korea and was a top negotiator with North Korea in past nuclear talks.

Sung, a South Korean born diplomat, is a former nuclear negotiator and current USA ambassador to the Philippines. The officials are meeting through Tuesday attempting to get the June 12 summit in Singapore back in motion.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he is unsure President Trump has "done the homework needed" for negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program.

The new preliminary talks are set to continue through Tuesday, and are being led by Sung Kim, a former US ambassador to South Korea who has held nuclear program negotiations with North Korea in the past.

The two sides are meeting at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village.

Hayden said the best-case scenario for Trump at this point is to "stabilize the Korean problem, not solve it".

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

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Relations between the two Koreas had chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in regular military exercises with the United States and insisting that it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved.

The Washington Post first reported the visit of the USA delegation led by Amb.

It is unclear when or where Trump and Abe will meet before the anticipated Singapore summit, which the US president has said in recent days is likely to occur on June 12 after he declared last Thursday that the summit would not be held on that day.

Among those in North Korea on behalf of the USA was Sung Kim, the veteran diplomat and current US ambassador to the Philippines.

South Korea is reviewing ways to address North Korea's security concerns, including turning the current armistice into a peace agreement, a senior Moon administration official said on Sunday.

The Korean leaders' second summit in a month saw bear hugs and broad smiles. "It's good that the two will meet, and my hope is that would set the stage for more realistic, more direct, specific conversations later on".

A USA delegation arrived in North Korea on Sunday as preparations for the talks continue. In his Sunday press conference, Moon said that the meaning of denuclearization was a question the USA and North Korea needed to decide without South Korea's help. Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi was killed in an uprising several years later. Vice Minister Kim found fault with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's call to use the Libya model of denuclearization on Pyongyang.

It has long said it is open to eventually giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States withdraws its troops from South Korea and ends its "nuclear umbrella" alliance with Seoul.

Trump canceled the June 12 summit on Thursday, but then a day later suggested it could be back on track, and the latest White House statement says the meeting is "expected".

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, watches the closing ceremony.

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