Hopes Dwindle For North Korea Meeting, Southern Primary Results, Olympics Scandal
- Author: Stacy Houston May 23, 2018,
May 23, 2018, 22:13
USA experts said that with so many differences on denuclearization and other issues between the two nations, a detente between the United States and the DPRK requires time and patience more than ever.
The trek will involve an 11-hour train ride, a four-hour bus journey and then a hike of another hour, a reporter with Russia's RT said on Twitter.
The North announced last month that it would destroy the site in the north-east by blowing up the access tunnels, an announcement welcomed by Washington and Seoul.
Skepticism about the North's intentions have mounted in recent weeks after Kim's government pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between USA and South Korean forces.
No weapons inspectors or nonproliferation experts have been invited to attend the event, which North Korea has said would "ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test".
Observers will be watching the nuclear test site destruction ceremony closely for any clues to the North's mood.
However, the Unification Ministry said today that Pyongyang had now granted them permission. -South Korean military exercises, and also threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting, accusing the USA of a "one-sided demand" that it give up its nuclear weapons.
North Korea's last-minute acceptance of South Korean reporters came amid concerns that Kim was starting to back away from his promise to scrap the nuclear programme, which it has pursued in defiance of years of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
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Mr Trump encouraged Mr Kim to seize the opportunity for the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear programme, pledging not only to guarantee Mr Kim's personal security, but also predicting an economic revitalisation for the North. It has also criticised the Max Thunder drills.
The journalists from the MBC television network and News1 wire service took a special government flight later Wednesday to go to the North's northeastern coastal city of Wonsan.
Pompeo said he was "very hopeful" the summit would take place but said the decision was ultimately up to Kim.
There was euphoria when the planned summit with the USA was announced but since then there have been doubts on both sides.
North Korea abruptly postponed high-level inter-Korean talks on May 16 - just hours before the meeting was scheduled to take place.
China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (May 23) that China has played a positive role on the Korean peninsula and hopes the planned US-North Korea summit can proceed smoothly. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.
Trump suggested the summit could be delayed rather than canceled: "It may not work out for June 12, but there is a good chance that we'll have the meeting".
North Korea has rejected unilateral disarmament and given no indication that it is willing to go beyond statements of broad support for the concept of universal denuclearisation. -South Korean military exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.
Both parties to the talks are invested in holding the meeting, with Kim seeing an opportunity for global legitimacy and Trump the prospect of securing Korean stability - and perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize.