Moon steps in when Trump and Kim fall out

Moon steps in when Trump and Kim fall out

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he is unsure President Trump has "done the homework needed" for negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program.

"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".

It is unclear when or where Trump and Abe will meet before the anticipated Singapore summit, which the USA president has said in recent days is likely to occur on June 12 after he declared last Thursday that the summit would not be held on that day.

Despite repeated references to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" by the North, it remains unclear whether Kim will ever agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal. A U.S. delegation was in North Korea to prepare for a potential Trump-Kim summit, the State Department said Sunday.

Trump and Abe are scheduled to attend the G7 meeting of major industrialized nations June 8 in Canada, giving them a possible venue to meet.

Officials described a high-stakes scramble, with an uncertain ending, as Trump presses his advisers to move ahead with the goal of meeting on June 12, despite concerns among top national security staff there isn't enough time to prepare.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Monday there could be more impromptu talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, as U.S. officials prepare for a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim.

But some analysts, like nuclear nonproliferation expert Vipin Narang, are cautiously optimistic about the new talks, since the two sides are more likely to find some common ground now that a seasoned diplomat, Sung, is representing the country, and doing so behind the scenes. Trump told reporters that they are still considering Singapore as the venue for their talks.

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And, on Sunday, the president said an American delegation was meeting with North Korean officials in preparation for the meeting. Kim Sung-han, professor of worldwide relations at Korea University, said Trump will have difficulty accepting any conditions from North Korea, partly because he had been so critical of the Iran nuclear deal.

On Sunday, the USA state department said American and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom. The US President confirmed that a team of US officials was indeed in Korea to arrange the details of the summit. He added the North Korean regime would only end up like Libya if Kim "doesn't make a deal".

Just days after announcing the cancellation of the meeting on Twitter, Trump tweeted that US officials had already arrived in Singapore over the weekend to prepare for it.

Since then, North Korea has rejected USA demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme that experts say could threaten the United States.

The meeting would be the culmination of diplomatic efforts that began this year to try to defuse what had threatened to become a military confrontation between the nuclear-armed communist North and the South and its U.S. ally. "That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens".

A statement from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said Mr Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Mr Trump as previously planned. It was the leaders' second meeting in as many months. Moon said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

Japan has been aiming to resolve the North Korean nuclear, missile and abduction issues. "And we'll be here satirizing the whole situation".

But without a clear plan of objectives, the talks could leave the a worse position than if it holds off on the talks.

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