Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

2018 Chung Eui-yong South Korea's top presidential security adviser speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport after returning from a meeting with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

Going into the North Korea meeting, senior administration officials say, the president has been nearly singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit -including the suspenseful roll-out of details.

In one New York Times story published Sunday, Trump reportedly peppered his aides with questions about the wisdom of hosting the summit with North Korean leader Kim out of concern that the meeting could turn into a "political embarrassment" for him should the North come to the table refusing denuclearization.

South Korea wants to play the mediator in upcoming talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Past negotiations with North Korea have always been protracted and hard.

As denuclearisation is the most pressing issue for now, it will dominate the US-North Korea discussions in Singapore.

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years".

"I think President Moon is going to try to explain North Korea's position", Terry said.

Yet another article lashed out at South Korean authorities for allowing defectors to send anti-North Korea leaflets across their border. But Kim, through two separate summits with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in March and May, has called for a phased and synchronised process where every action he takes is met with a reciprocal reward from the United States. It was Moon's government that delivered the initial invitation from Kim for a meeting, and South Korea has been pushing the USA toward a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis.

CNN's Will Ripley talks to the media after arriving at the aiport to board a plane to North Korea in Beijing, China, May 22, 2018.

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Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the summit last week and cancelled talks with the South, accusing Washington of cornering it with a unilateral demand for denuclearisation.

Moon, who gave Trump a warm welcome in Seoul a year ago, has sought to win over Trump since then by underscoring the historic nature of a possible deal with North Korea on nuclear weapons - and by sprinkling in a healthy dose of flattery. "This President has made it clear that we will not tolerate North Korea possessing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that threaten the United States and our allies".

To that end, Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with Pompeo and Bolton later this week, after Mr. Trump's meeting with Moon, according to a White House official. This obviously had a profound impact on Trump; he later said "everyone thinks" he deserves a Nobel, and the crowd at one of his rallies chanted "Nobel, Nobel!" to his evident delight.

North Korean expert Robert E Kelly said he did not believe North krona would ever give up their nukes.

Hong Min, senior researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said it is North Korea's way of expressing its discomfort toward the US. "All this stuff is created to stop Trump starting a war".

Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton also has drawn Pyongyang's ire by referring to Libya as a denuclearization model.

The North Koreans understand that the more Trump is invested in getting to an agreement, the more power they have, particularly since the status quo, while perhaps not being all that pleasant, is something they've been living with for some time. "We offered concessions to the North Korean regime in exchange for promises to end their nuclear weapons program, only to see them break those promises and abandon them", he said. The photos also showed construction of a new structure, which is likely to be a platform to allow visiting journalists to witness the explosions that will shut the entrances to the site.

"Still, we note that the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, an initial step to denuclearization the North promised, is proceeding as scheduled, and we expect it to lead to a successful hosting of the North Korea-US summit", he said in a statement.

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