Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump 'WILL walk away' from North Korea talks 'without compromise'

Trump 'WILL walk away' from North Korea talks 'without compromise'

Pompeo confirmed Chol will travel to Washington D.C. on hand deliver a note from Kim Jong Un to President Trump. It was not clear whether the United States president would receive Kim Jong-un's envoy in the Oval Office.

Both the U.S. and North Korea have committed themselves to the "de-nuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, but it is far from clear how that can be achieved.

Addressing the hostile exchanges the previous week, the official added, "That's why we're having talks face-to-face and not corresponding either through the newspapers or letter", adding, "the ideal thing is what's happening right here, what's happening in the DMZ and what's happening in Singapore".

Ahead of the dinner, Pompeo tweeted that he was "Looking forward to meeting" with Kim Yong-chol in NY to discuss a "potential summit with Chairman Kim" and President Trump.

The North Korean official is carrying a letter to Trump from Kim Jong Un. "The meetings have been very positive".

Formalities and pleasantires aside, the contents of the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un remain somewhat vague.

Kim Yong Chol, considered the right-hand man of leader Kim Jong Un, was the most senior North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years.

Trump wrote in his letter last week that the talks would be "inappropriate" following the "hostility" from North Korea. He twice joined the North Korean delegation to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the demilitarized zone between the North and South.

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Any attendance by Mr Moon would be dependent on the progress of pre-summit talks between the United States and North Korean leaders, said the Blue House.

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The negotiations in NY, in conjunction with earlier meetings in Singapore and at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas, Pompeo said, were "putting President Trump and Kim Jong-un in a place where we think there could be real progress made".

Kim's letter, to be delivered by Kim Yong Chol, an infamous and sanctioned North Korean official, could have served as an inflection point in the decision-making process. "Hopefully we will have a meeting on the (June) 12th", Trump said.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the worldwide legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.

During his tenure as a senior intelligence official, Kim was accused by South Korea of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean warship and an island in 2010. "He said that North Korea was under siege by its closest neighbors, who were supported, aided and abetted by the United States".

The lack of details served to highlight the tenuous nature of the North Korean-U.S. rapprochement. The official, who asked not to be identified, said North Korea is "going to have to make clear what they are willing to do" in response to Washington's demands.

Discussion on "solving the Korean Peninsula's nuclear problem" must involve the lifting of sanctions on North Korea, Lavrov told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho before the meeting with Kim, state-run Tass news service reported.

Prospects for the Singapore summit have careened up and down as both sides threatened one another and engaged in diplomatic brinkmanship, with Trump announcing on May 24 that he was pulling out - and then quickly jumping back.

"Moscow wants to be in the loop concerning the latest developments, especially with respect to the likely summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un", Lukin said.

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