Kim will never give up his nuclear weapons, say MPs

Despite the warning from Moscow, President Trump announced he will be meeting with the leader of the rogue nation sometime in May alongside South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

The rival Koreas have begun preparatory talks to set up a summit later this month among North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in amid a global diplomatic drive to resolve tensions on the North's atomic plan.

This photo released by the North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) together with his wife Ri Sol-ju, conversing with South Korean culture minister Do Jong-whan after enjoying a performance by a South Korean art troupe at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang on April 1, 2018.

In a hearing discussing the findings in January, defence minister Earl Howe said: "We judge that North Korea is now certainly capable of reaching targets in the short range, by which I mean Japan, South Korea - obviously - and adjoining territories". North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, South Korea has said.

The previous summits in 2000 and 2007 were recorded and aired later.

They don't think Kim Jong-un is likely to press his small red button, though, as the committee, in a quite frank discussion about the possibility of nuclear armageddon, adds: "It will be obvious to Kim Jong-un that initiating a nuclear exchange is bound to lead to North Korea's annihilation: the polar opposite of his objective of regime survival".

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On the South's reception for Kim, Hong said it would also have to be planned within a framework that would not fuel controversy in the worldwide community.

A high-ranking official of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party is visiting China. The South also changed its delegation list at the last minute.

The working-level talks were supposed to be held on Wednesday, but Pyongyang on Tuesday had asked Seoul to delay them to Thursday.

A Cheong Wa Dae official said that although it remains undecided, additional working-level talks may take place before the summit.

North Korea's leader also meet with Chinese premier Xi Jinping in his first foreign visit since taking power. "We consider that Kim Jong-un, though undoubtedly ruthless, is nevertheless rational". But the date and location of the Trump-Kim summit have yet to be decided.

China had largely sat on the sidelines as North Korea improved relations with South Korea, raising worries in Beijing that it was no longer a central player in the North Korean issue.

  • Megan Austin