Death, POWs and buried silver - Chequered history of Trump-Kim summit venue

Bessie Dean
June 6, 2018

Yun, who left his post as US special representative for North Korea policy in March, and Victor Cha, who was recently considered a nominee to become USA ambassador to South Korea, argued Tuesday that the summit's ultimate goal still should be Kim's steps towards complete denuclearization, which would entail dismantlement of nuclear weapons, removal of all fissile materials and freezing production capacity.

While Trump pledged in April to raise the issue, Abe's relationship with the USA president has deteriorated over trade.

Japan has made clear that it will not provide economic assistance for North Korea until all three issues are resolved, including the abductees issue. Furthermore, North Korea's apparent willingness to relinquish its nuclear weapons, its halt to nuclear and missile tests and its destruction of the Punggye-ri test site, has vindicated anti-THAAD groups' stance that THAAD is unnecessary.

Last week, Trump said he was not going to agree to any kind of deal with Kim during their first meeting set for June 12 in Singapore.

"To have a summit with a US President is something that many countries aspire to".

Mr Trump hopes to secure a nuclear deal with the North Koreans with Kim giving up his nuclear programme though he acknowledged the process would likely take longer than a single meeting. A US advance team was spotted at the Capella Hotel last week meeting with North Korean officials in preparation for the summit.

With no precedence to draw comparisons from, speculations are rising on every aspect of the summit, from Kim's journey to Singapore to where the two leaders will pose for photographs.

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Once the summit takes place, however, there are many other potential benefits from a North Korean perspective, experts said, first and foremost of which is the safety of the regime. In the Demilitarised Zone, the US Ambassador's delegation continues diplomatic negotiations with the North Korean delegation.

Trump's effort might appear a worthy goal and in line with South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent agreement with Kim to seek an end to the conflict between the Koreas.

Donald Trump has clearly spelt out that he wants to denuclearise North Korea.

Mr Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" policy with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table. And, according to Davenport, it may also be unrealistic - and unnecessary - to demand that North Korea give up all its ballistic missiles.

Rodman has developed a rapport with Kim over the last several years, so much so that he made two trips to the reclusive nation and is one of the few American citizens to have met with its leader.

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is once again connected to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.

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