USA cautious on North Korea denuclearisation promises

May 02, 2018, 01:25
USA cautious on North Korea denuclearisation promises

As to the channel's information, these states are included in the short list of possible sites for their meeting.

MANILA-President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he has changed his opinion of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the latter agreed with South Korea to end their decades old war.

Yoon said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had agreed to "invite experts of South Korea and the USA to disclose the process to the worldwide community with transparency".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at Peace House in Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, April 27, 2018.

Kim was also quoted as saying there is no reason for North Korea to possess nuclear weapons if his country can build a relationship of trust with the United States, along with receiving reassurances of non-aggression and a promise to formally bring an end to the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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KCNA said: "At the talks both sides had a candid and open-hearted exchange of views on the matters of mutual concern including the issues of improving the North-South relations, ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearisation of the peninsula". "We get a kick every once in a while out of the fact that I'll be watching people that failed so badly over the last 25 years explaining to me how to make a deal with North Korea, I get a big, big kick out of that".

But Trump also sounded a note of caution, saying he was prepared to walk away if United States demands for North Korea to relinquish its atomic arsenal were not met. Little is known about the North's military infrastructure so most intelligence is gleaned from satellite photos.

North Korea conducted all six of its nuclear tests at its Punggye-ri facility, buried deep beneath mountains, between 2006 and 2017.

Trump's new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, cited Libya's decision to give up its nuclear programme as a model for North Korea.

It comes as US President Donald Trump has pressed for total denuclearisation ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with Mr Kim. And he capped it off with live remarks to reporters, something no other North Korean leader had done before.

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Yoon said Kim also revealed plans to readjust its current time zone to match the South's.

"It's going be a very important meeting, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

South Korea also said Sunday that President Moon spoke on the phone with President Trump on Saturday for more than an hour.

"He needs to realize we may go into a confrontational phase", Schiff said on This Week. "We don't play games", said Trump, adding that previous administrations had been "played like a fiddle".

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