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China says North Korea policy 'consistent' with denuclearization

26 May 2018, 12:03 | Cedric Leonard

The White House has minted a commemorative coin with Kim Jong Un's face on it

Foreign reporters head to North Korea to cover shutdown of nuke test site

"That rosy outcome was very unlikely to come to fruition", said Melissa Hanham, a senior researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

The Cheong Wa Dae officials said Moon will likely tell Trump what to expect and what not to expect when the latter meets Kim next month.

Mr Trump had repeatedly said the talks were shaping up well, even calling Mr Kim nice for releasing three American hostages held for more than a year.

"I have no doubt that you will be able to. accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past", Moon said.

In response to John Bolton's threat and to ongoing U.S. "A situation where Trump and Kim bring out the worst in each other, that's bad for both China and South Korea". "We saw them in ways we had never seen before".

President Moon, who will meet with Trump in Washington on Tuesday, has said he will try to moderate differences between the US and North Korea over how to achieve denuclearization, while also giving the Kim government the security guarantees and sanctions relief it wants.

Trump suggested that it could be delayed rather than canceled: "It may not work out for June 12, but there is a good chance that we'll have the meeting". Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was referring to a commitment to seriously discuss denuclearization.

North Korea also reacted vehemently against Pompeo's suggestion that North Korea would be eager for US trade and infrastructure investment that would flow if North Korea gave up its nuclear weapons.

Trump responded by saying the meeting may or may not take place. Trump's comment came after National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday the US should use the so-called Libyan model for denuclearization. Trump said he'd noticed "a little change" in Kim's attitude after the trip.

Some of these objectives were spelled out in a joint declaration at the end of Moon's meeting with Kim on April 27. -North Korea summit following the North's renewed rhetoric.

Foreign reporters head to North Korea to cover shutdown of nuke test site
Foreign reporters in North Korea [PHOTOS]

Trump encouraged Kim to seize the opportunity for the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim's personal security, but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North.

The best-case scenario, experts said, would mirror the Iran-nuclear agreement that Trump withdrew from earlier this month - securing an end to the North's atomic program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions. He said if an agreement is reached, China, Japan and South Korea would invest large sums to "make North Korea great".

However, fresh questions were raised Tuesday about the North's goals and motives, with the disclosure of a Pentagon report to Congress saying that nuclear weapons are central to North Korea's strategic goal of ensuring the perpetual rule of the Kim family dynasty.

"World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate", North Korea's vice minister reportedly wrote. It was posted online by an anti-secrecy group.

Earlier this month, North Korea denounced USA demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment" and cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South in protest over joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

Days ahead of a White House visit from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump announced Friday his nominee for ambassador to the country.

The White House Communications Agency regularly issues commemorative or challenge coins to present to foreign guests, diplomats and members of the military.

North Korea's propaganda outlets condemned Bolton's remarks, which also cast uncertainty on the future of the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim.

The two Koreas both seek reunification of the divided Korean Peninsula on their own terms.

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