North Korea won't give up nukes, may open burger joint instead

Aaron Brown
May 30, 2018

The former North Korean spy chief's visit to the United States could signal either that the lower-level diplomatic talks were deadlocked and needed higher-level intervention, according to Korea experts cited by The Wall Street Journal. The highly anticipated meeting was originally set to happen on June 12 in Singapore.

Plans for the high profile sit-down were scrapped by Trump last week, but talks have continued. From his impulsive, on-the-spot decision in March to accept Kim's offer to meet, Trump has rushed headlong into an accelerated summit process that has led analysts to warn that he risks moving too quickly and setting himself up for failure.

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"If that is a U.S. decision, I wonder how that is going down in Pyongyang", Carlin said, noting that the two times Pompeo visited North Korea, he was invited to the heart of power in Pyongyang. "It's dizzying. It throws off your inertia".

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Closing ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives at the closing ceremony. He would need a travel waiver to come to NY.

It earlier reported that he was heading straight to Washington, but later said he changed his flight to NY. That would have him arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport shortly after 2 pm Wednesday local time (6pm Thursday NZT). But, he added, he worries the meetings are meant to get Trump to agree to come without a firm denuclearization commitment, rather than North Korea agreeing to the United States's definition of denuclearization. He is also a former spy chief, accused by Seoul of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean navy ship and an island in 2010 that killed almost 50 South Koreans.

The White House says President Donald Trump "continues to actively prepare" for the president's "expected summit" with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) in Singapore.

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Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk also did not say whether Seoul knew of any USA plans regarding Kim Yong Chol's visit, such as whether he and Mr Pompeo will meet.

"Everybody knows they are not going to denuclearize", an intelligence official told the network. "The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have".

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui also was quoted by the country's official news agency threatening to use nuclear force and she referred to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy".

Trump had cancelled the summit in a letter to Kim on May 24, accusing Pyongyang of "tremendous anger and open hostility".

A U.S. diplomat said a waiver would have to be granted for such an individual to enter the United States, although it was likely one would automatically be given under extraordinary circumstances such as these.

In a traditional administration, June 12 would be too quick a turnaround for the summit after last week's developments, experts said.

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