Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

North Korea Says Trump Wasn't 'Confident' Enough to Meet Kim Jong Un

North Korea Says Trump Wasn't 'Confident' Enough to Meet Kim Jong Un

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Monday there could be more impromptu talks and summits with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, as US officials prepare for a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim.

Earlier on Sunday, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said he and North Korea's Kim had agreed during a surprise meeting on Saturday that the North Korea-US summit must be held.

Kim Yong Chol will be the most senior North Korean official to meet top officials for talks in the United States since Jo Myong Rok, a marshal, met then-President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.

Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to travel to the US since 2000, was flying to NY on Wednesday.

White House officials maintain that Trump was hopeful the North was merely negotiating but that he was prepared for the letter to mark the end of the two-month flirtation. If the summit indeed occurs - as of now, I see no reason that it won't - it will be the first time a sitting US president meets with the leader of North Korea.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, citing an unnamed source, on Tuesday reported that a separate U.S. The visit could be part of preparation for a proposed meeting between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump.

A team led by Sung Kim, a former American negotiator with North Korea who now serves as ambassador to the Philippines, is holding another round of talks Tuesday on the northern side of the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.

That suggests 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.

In previous, failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan. But Kim, through two summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March and May, has called for a phased and synchronized process in which every action he takes is met with a reciprocal reward from the United States.

Sputnik: Do you think there can be an improvement in relations between the North & South Korea without the involvement of the USA after the two leaders met again at the weekend? Though North Korea had denied responsibility, Gen. Kim reportedly introduced himself to South Korean press-at a historic K-pop performance in North Korea last month-by saying, "I'm Kim Yong Chol, the man you blame of sinking the Cheonan".

While Kim Yong Chol's possible trip to the United States could further brighten the prospects for the summit, history shows that things could still crumble at the last minute even after an exchange of high-level officials.

"If we could hold working-level, back-to-back talks on both sides of Panmunjom if urgently necessary in addition to formal summits, it would expedite faster advancement of inter-Korean relations", Moon told his aides.

The Washington Post reported that talks inside the Demilitarised Zone would continue this week between USA and North Korean officials.

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

Mr. Trump called off the summit Thursday following threats of nuclear war from North Korea, only to give fresh hope Friday that negotiations to stage the summit were in the works.

"But, as the president has said", she added, "if it doesn't happen June 12 it could happen thereafter". The main stumbling block is likely to be the concept of "denuclearisation" - both sides say they want it, but there is a yawning gap between their definitions. 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.

Before he cancelled the summit, Trump did not rule out an incremental approach that would provide incentives along the way to the North.

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