Abe to convey views on N.Korea ahead of summit

NKorean delegation visits China – report

NKorean delegation visits China – report

Two officials-Ryu Myong Son, department director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, and Kim Nung O, head of the Party's North Pyongan Central Committee-were among the group.

At a party meeting last month, Kim proclaimed that the development of the North's nuclear force was complete and promised no more nuclear or missile tests.

On Sunday, two of Trump's top national security officials - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton - both said the U.S. needs proof that North Korea's denuclearization is complete, verifiable, and irreversible before sanctions are lifted.

The prime minister also said he will fully cooperate for the upcoming US-North Korean summit so that it will provide an opportunity for progress and settlement on the North Korean issues.

From the outset, there was little reason to think that North Korea would agree to surrender its nuclear weapons and the infrastructure and labs required to build them.

The Chinese regime has always been North Korea's biggest trading partner, providing food, energy resources, and other supplies to the North.

Investors are flooding into the property market in Dandong, hoping to obtain early market share after the historic inter-Korea summit last month opened the prospect of a rapid improvement in relations between North Korea and the rest of the world.

"Those are the kind of things that, if we get what it is the President has demanded - the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea - that the American people will offer in spades", Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday".


"It means that Kim can pick and choose which form of a deal he wants and Trump will market it as a win", Jackson said.

REUTERS/Jason Lee Korean War veterans react as they shout slogans to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang July 27, 2013.

Trump previous year threatened the North with "fire and fury".

Joshua Pollack, a North Korea expert and senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, tweeted that the summit's "biggest problem" was "overinflated expectations".

China accounts for 90 percent of North Korea's trade and thus has significant influence on Pyongyang.

If both parties go in with flawed expectations for the summit, as it appears from public statements they have, the talks could end very badly.

"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement", Thae said. "If it looks like Trump is the one walking away, then it looks like Kim wins".

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