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S Korea's Moon heads to U.S. to safeguard summit

22 May 2018

"He will be extremely happy" Trump said of Kim, if the deal works out.

Trump's remarks in the Oval Office were the strongest sign from him yet about the possibility of a delay or cancellation of what would be the first-ever summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. When North Korea's Kim issued his surprise invitation for a summit with Trump, South Korea said the US president deserved most of the credit.

"We think it is disappointing and regrettable that [the South Korean] journalists can not visit the North due to no follow-up measures after the North's invitation", South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said in a statement, according to Yonhap.

Trump welcomed Moon to the White House on Tuesday as they seek to coordinate strategy for Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The relationship between North Korea and South Korea reached a sudden chill last week when Pyongyang canceled a scheduled high-level meeting with South Korean officials, citing a joint U.S.

Asked whether he could guarantee Kim's safety, Mr Trump said: "He will be safe, he will be happy, his country will be rich. Look at South Korea - don't forget, we helped South Korea - and it is one of the most incredible countries in terms of what they do".

The site, in the country's mountainous north-east, is thought to be the North's main nuclear facility and the only active nuclear testing site in the world.

Yet another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border.

However, the optimism in the run-up to the meeting was punctured on Wednesday last week, when former North Korean negotiator Kim Gye-gwan rejected "unilateral nuclear abandonment" and threatened withdrawal from the Singapore talks if United States officials stuck to that negotiating position. Robert Kelly, a professor of political science at South Korea's Pusan National University, told CNN there was a "real competence gap on the American side". On Tuesday, he's set to meet at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to prepare for the summit.

He added, "Ultimately, maybe someday in the future" you'll "go back to one Korea". "I've made a lot of deals, you never really know", Trump said about the summit.

"They requested for the assembly and we proceed to be open to it", Pence informed Fox Information. After he got rid of his nuclear program, he was killed years later in a popular uprising aided by US and allied aircraft.

South Korean reporters were initially also scheduled to participate but weren't granted visas by the North. ... There was no deal to keep Gadhafi.

If the summit happens, it would be historic as no sitting USA president has ever met a North Korean leader.

That move acknowledges the "Libyan model" of requiring a country to dismantle everything up front is unrealistic for North Korea, which has a much larger weapons stockpile and is reluctant to give it up all at once.

After an historic summit between Moon and Kim last month, and Moon's intense negotiating in getting Trump to the table, South Korea's role has diminished significantly, leading to some concern Seoul's achievements could be undone by the other parties.

The meeting is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but Kim recently balked in the face of USA demands that he give up North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Many analysts dismissed this however, pointing out North Korea's position had not shifted significantly, and an improved relationship with Beijing did not mean China could pull the strings.

S Korea's Moon heads to U.S. to safeguard summit