US, South Korea Presidents to Discuss Threat to Scrap Trump-Kim Summit

  • US, South Korea Presidents to Discuss Threat to Scrap Trump-Kim Summit

US, South Korea Presidents to Discuss Threat to Scrap Trump-Kim Summit

Trump's current homeland security adviser, John Bolton, helped to scuttle it in 2002 as undersecretary of State for President George W. Bush.

The Trump administration on Monday released its "trip coin" to commemorate the impending summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Moon's government led efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea and gave enthusiastic accounts of its encounters with Kim, spurring Trump to accept an offer of a first-ever meeting between USA and North Korean presidents.

Trump, who has pitched himself as the ultimate negotiator, has focused on ambitious deals as president but has struggled with the fine print.

Three weeks before an unprecedented U.S.

Regarding some American media reports that Trump and his aides were skeptical of the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit considering North Korea's flip-flopping attitude, Chung said Seoul officials have not felt such skepticism so far in their contacts with Washington officials. If North Korea were to give up any elements of its weapons programs, "they're likely to invest in another" and "one place the U.S. is vulnerable is cyberspace", said one former USA government official who worked on cybersecurity. The country's economic leverage over the North - China supplied 85 percent of North Korea's $3.47 billion in imports in 2015 - means it will be critical to any economic inducements offered as part of the deal.

South Korea's presidential office says this White House meeting will serve as a bridge to the summit between Trump and Kim scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

Kelly tweeted: "The Moon Administration overstated North Korea's willingness to deal". It protested some hawkish US officials claim to apply a Libyan model of denuclearization to North Korea, under which compensations and incentives would not be provided until the country removes all of its nuclear weapons.

Given all that, annihilation of the Punggye-ri site obscures the reality that Kim wants desperately to cling to the nuclear program he inherited from his father, Kim Jong-il, only to have it blow up in his face in the nuclear test last September.

Two former Trump administration officials said the high degree of uncertainty surrounding the talks benefits Kim, who stands to gain the most in the form of global legitimacy from a sit-down with Trump.

Concrete gains for Trump would be slower to emerge. Denuclearization programs are measured in months, not days, and for North Korea, which has already demonstrated thermonuclear capability, it would likely take years to dismantle and verify that it had abandoned its atomic efforts, should it agree to do so.

One official said the priority of the talks in Singapore would be to reach a topline understanding with Kim, with details to be fleshed out later.

While public jockeying last week led to speculation about whether the meeting will happen, people close to Trump say he does want it to take place.

"Trump would have been well aware of Bolton's hawkish stance when hiring him, and Bolton is now effectively playing the role of 'bad cop, '" Nam said. Are we going back to where we were in 2017? In doing so, he may have scared South Korea, not North Korea, into negotiations.

When it was noted that the comparison could be interpreted as a threat, Pence replied: "Well, I think it's more of a fact".

Mr Pence said in a Fox News interview that such a move would be a "great mistake" by the North Korean leader.