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Possible peace declaration looms large over Kim-Trump summit

FOX News

FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore. With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that Trump may try to persuade Kim to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else, an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade the North leader Kim to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else, an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.


Top officials clamor to make Trump-Kim summit a reality

The Japan Times

SEOUL/WASHINGTON – South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that leader Moon Jae-in may meet Donald Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Amid a flurry of diplomacy from Asia to Europe to Washington, Trump reaffirmed his plan to meet with the North Korean leader by the end of May during a phone call Friday with Moon, with both voicing "cautious optimism" about efforts to resolve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons. A White House statement said Trump and Moon discussed preparations for their upcoming engagements with Pyongyang and agreed that "concrete actions," not words, were the key to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They "emphasized that a brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the correct path," it said. Earlier, Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, said proposed North-South talks in late March would cover key agenda topics and other details of the pending summit between Moon and Kim.


Trump claims North Korea has agreed to denuclearize, but it hasn't ditched its 'treasured sword'

The Japan Times

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA – President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S. and South Korea. Kim also said a nuclear test site would be closed and "dismantled" now that the country has learned how to make nuclear weapons and mount warheads on ballistic rockets. But the North has stopped short of saying it has any intention of abandoning its nuclear arsenal, with Kim making clear that nukes remain a "treasured sword." Trump nonetheless tweeted Sunday that the North has "agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!"


World watching for signs of North Korea nuclear breakthrough at two key summits

The Japan Times

SEOUL – When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday the world will have a single overriding interest: How will they address North Korea's decades-long pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles? Success, even a small one, on the nuclear front could mean a prolonged detente and smooth the path for a planned summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in May or June. Optimists hope the two summits might even result in a grand nuclear bargain. North Korea's announcement on Saturday to suspend further nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and close its nuclear test site raised hopes in Washington and Seoul for a breakthrough in the upcoming nuclear negotiations. However, the North's statement stopped well-short of suggesting it has any intentions to give up its nukes or halt its production of missiles.


Nuclear talks between U.S. and North Korea to resume this weekend

The Japan Times

SEOUL/WASHINGTON – North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend following a monthslong stalemate over the withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament, a senior North Korean diplomat said Tuesday. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman confirmed a meeting will take place over the next week. Choe Son Hui, North Korea's first vice minister of foreign affairs, said the two nations will have preliminary contact on Friday before holding working-level talks on Saturday. In a statement released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, Choe expressed optimism over the outcome of the meeting but did not say where it would take place. "It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations," Choe said in the statement, using an abbreviation for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.