Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled despite tensions: Seoul official

Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled despite tensions: Seoul official

Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled despite tensions: Seoul official

It should have been a day of comparing notes with his South Korean counterpart, who recently participated in a summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un at the end of April.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., May 18, 2018.

"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", Cho said in a message carried by local news agency Yonhap. The North Koreans understand that the more Trump is invested in getting to an agreement, the more power they have, particularly since the status quo, while perhaps not being all that pleasant, is something they've been living with for some time. After all, the US has always focused on forestalling threats to its own security even if its regional friends are left at the receiving end. Moon's government is eager to ease sanctions on the North, while Mr. Trump wants to maintain the "maximum pressure" campaign he credits with bringing Kim to the negotiating table.

South Korean reporters were on standby in Beijing since Monday, but they could not board the plane arranged by Pyongyang.

Hong Min, senior researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said it is North Korea's way of expressing its discomfort toward the US.

But outside the White House, people saw this flattery for what it was: an attempt by Moon to ingratiate himself with Trump and get the American president to do what he wants. North Korea's nuclear negotiator and vice foreign minister, Kim Kye Gwan, calling such references "highly sinister", said the "world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq, which have met miserable" fates.

Trump declined to say whether he'd spoken personally with the North Korean leader. "The National Security Council did not respond to CBS News" request for comment on the president's preparations.

"But Trump will have no other choice".


While North Korea has been willing to discuss denuclearization, Pyongyang has not yet said it will agree to do so in Singapore, and, most importantly, it has always spoken of the denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Mr. Bolton suggested the North must denuclearize before it can receive any reciprocal benefits from Washington.

The biggest problem comes, experts here say, from Mr Trump's fundamental misunderstanding of North Korea's interests. "I think when John Bolton made that statement, he was talking about if we are going to have problem, because we just can not let that country have nukes".

While Bolton has long called for this approach, Trump told reporters last week he didn't think it was appropriate.

But the meeting has already hit diplomatic bumps. That's broken right now. And his Middle East peace plan, which he deputized his son-in-law to lead, is months overdue and facing a more skeptical audience than ever.

"My guess is Moon is going to try and keep Trump tied to the diplomatic track", he added, pointing to South Korea's frequent praising of Trump and even suggestions he could receive a Nobel Peace Prize for a successful deal with Kim.

A Japanese official told CBS News that he expects Mr. Trump to communicate to Moon that a hard line against the North is still necessary. Many served under pro-engagement president Roh Moo Hyun, at a time when Mr Bolton was a strong proponent inside the George W. Bush administration of the invasion of Iraq and of regime change in North Korea.

"The North also seems to express its displeasure about South Korea and the USA not taking any measures of good will in response to the North's voluntary action to denuclearize", he said, referring to the North's closure of the Punggye-ri site.

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