U.S. cautious on North Korea denuclearisation promises

North Korea's Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korea's Moon Jae In during historic summit meeting

North Korea has already announced it is closing its nuclear test site and is opening it up for inspection; North and South Korea have signed an agreement to make both of their countries nuclear-free zones and will formally end the state of war that still exists. Trump claimed that the South Korean president gave the U.S. "tremendous credit" for this foreign policy achievement, and as he further discussed the Korean summit, the crowd started a boisterous chant calling for Trump to be awarded the Nobel peace prize.

Mr Yoon added that the North Korean leader had also said he "would soon invite experts of South Korea and the USA to disclose the process to the global community with transparency".

On the heels of the seemingly historic summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean leader promised yesterday that more changes are coming in a matter of weeks, not years.

South Korea had turned off its loudspeakers ahead of Friday's summit talks, and North Korea responded by halting its own broadcasts. North Korea's pledged actions - including one to dismantle its nuclear test site in public view - are still just that, but there is considerable optimism, even among Trump's critics.

While there are lingering questions about whether North Korea will ever decide to fully relinquish its nukes as it heads into negotiations with the U.S., Kim's comments amount to the North's most specific acknowledgment yet that "denuclearization" would constitute surrendering its weapons.

At present, North Korea's time is lagging 30 minutes behind that of South Korea.

North Korea "should look at this very seriously", Bolton said about releasing the trio before the Trump-Kim meeting.

Speaking at a rally in MI on Saturday, Trump said he expected the visit to take place "over the next three or four weeks". Moon's office says Kim replied that he's willing to negotiate with Japan.

The promise to shut down the nuclear test site was scoffed at by some observers who claimed that recent earthquakes and test failures had rendered it essentially a wreck anyway.




South Korea's stock market got a boost on Monday, lifted by shares of construction companies and train and steel manufacturers on hopes for joint economic projects.

Now we have seen with our own eyes one of the historical, surprising and memorable peace agreements taking place - not just because the combatants have remained technically at war since 1953 - but because it was done in such irreverent style.

The two leaders agreed on the need for an early summit between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un, and explored two to three potential locations, the Blue House said.

"We see this as the easiest first step to build military trust", South Korean defense ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said.

On Sunday, Pompeo, who met with Kim as Central Intelligence Agency director, credited Trump's pressure campaign for bringing the North Korean leader to the bargaining table. "However, they imply a phased process with reciprocal concessions", Mount said in an email.

President Trump himself is expected to see Kim in the coming weeks, commenting on Saturday that he was hoping to meet the North Korean leader shortly-in what would be a first for a sitting US president. Trump had called Kim "Little Rocket Man".

The analysts suggested that stopping by another country mid-journey to refuel could highlight the limitations of North Korea's aircraft - and, by extension, its struggle to keep up with technological advances.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he assessed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump, and concluded that there's at least a chance for the U.S.to strike a denuclearization deal.

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