Foreign media arrive for North Korea nuclear test site closing

Alicia Cross
May 23, 2018

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has departed for Washington to hold talks with his USA counterpart and meet with high-ranking administration officials responsible for foreign policy and security issues. The two men are partners in an effort to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

It unilaterally announced that moratorium ahead of a summit between leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

"It increasingly looks like the Moon administration overstated North Korea's willingness to deal". "If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later".

The coin identifies Kim as "supreme leader". North Korea unexpectedly canceled an official meeting with South Korea last week, which could well boost the worries of the country's conservatives.

The national security adviser to President Moon Jae-in said that the summit nearly certainly will go ahead, despite signs to the contrary in recent days. "We're 100% confident, as we've said many times before, as I'm sure you're all aware, he's the best negotiator and we're very confident on that front", she added.

Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the U.S. and North Korea that is in trouble nearly before it begins.

"Frankly a nuclear test site can be easily reassembled", Kim Hyun-wook, an expert at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, told AFP. "It tends to be a lot more hard and rocky and dirty and suspense-filled".

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The South Korean government expressed regret over the unilateral decision, urging the North to come out for talks as soon as possible to discuss follow-up measures to the recent summit agreement. They are on their way to the Punggye-ri nuclear site to cover its dismantlement, scheduled for sometime between Wednesday and Friday.

"What kind of democracy is that if, on the one hand, Pyongyang and Seoul try to speak about dialogue and cooperation but on the other hand, drills take place aimed at destroying North Korea". But Moon has found common ground with his American counterpart by flattering Trump publicly.

"Moon is a resourceful politician. But there's just so much that could go off the rails here when and if Trump does, in fact, go to Singapore", said Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Pyongyang insists the precondition for denuclearisation is for the U.S.to end its "hostile policy".

"U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also denied that Trump was reconsidering his meeting with Kim, saying, "I don't think the president gets cold feet about anything", to reporters at the White House Monday". "President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize".

"His leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with worldwide solidarity, brought us to this juncture", Chung told reporters outside the White House in March.

"Analysts saw North Korea's perceived slow peddling as evidence of what they feared all along, that Pyongyang may have been playing for time - hoping to ease sanctions and "maximum pressure" or of South Korea overtorquing the prospects of a deal". During the 2016 presidential campaign and since, Trump has complained about what he sees as that country's free-loading reliance on US military might. Once we leave we assume most of this will be shut down.

In particular, experts in Seoul say Kim's aim is to trade a modest reduction in the North's nuclear arsenal in exchange for promises from the U.S.to keep any nuclear-capable ships, submarines and planes away from the peninsula, as well as a long-term pledge to pull its troops. A collapse could also reignite Trump's combative rhetoric against Kim, whom he referred to previous year as "Little Rocket Man", and dramatically increase the odds of a military conflict that would engulf the peninsula.

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