South And North Korea Open Direct Line For Leaders Ahead Of Summit

N. Korea halts nuclear ICBM tests

The North is expressing a will for a complete denuclearisation. "Had a great meeting with Kim Jong Un, and got along with him really well, really great", Trump said.

"He just left North Korea".

Representatives of North and South Korea agreed to hold the summit of the countries' leaders Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in on April 27.

"We are looking at the possibility of replacing the armistice regime on the Korean peninsula with a peace regime", a senior official at South Korea's presidential Blue House said Wednesday.

"President Trump should reaffirm our commitment to our ally and work closely with China and others in the region, especially our courageous ally, Japan, so that North Korea does not miscalculate USA resolve, so that other allies in the region and around the world are reaffirmed in their confidence in the USA, so that we are able to maneuver from a position of strength, and so that any solution is sustainable", he said. "A new line will likely contain North Korea expressing its willingness to join denuclearisation talks and resolve to improve ties with the South, the US and Japan, as well as to seek peace and coexistence".

"There are many hurdles, but the most important is whether Kim is serious about giving up nuclear weapons", Kim Hyun-wook said, adding that it is possible that the North Korean leader may now have changed his views on nuclear weapons.

"If we don't think it's going to be successful, we won't have it", Trump said.

One of the more freaky and eye-catching parts of the newly released memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote after his conversations with President Trump is a comment Trump reportedly made at a February 8, 2017, meeting in the Oval Office. "If the meeting, when I'm there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting".

"They have not attached any conditions that the USA can not accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea".

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North Korea has long sought a peace treaty with the United States to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. The meeting between the North Korean and United States leaders is expected to take place in May or June.

"But this is not something we can do by ourselves".

Trump said the summit could, with his "blessing", explore a peace treaty to formally end the conflict. However, the SNU professor argues, that North Korea's figure is likely to be higher than the global average if informal economic activities are taken into account.

"It is hard for the stakeholder countries, to stay united on North Korea", he said, explaining that South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. have different relationships with Pyongyang, citing reports of China-North Korea trade being revived to some extent.

Both Pyongyang and Seoul claim sovereignty over the whole Korean peninsula, but a treaty could imply mutual recognition of each other.

Working-level officials are scheduled to meet early next week.

The North's official news agency announced the meeting on Thursday.

"The North Koreans have hinted that they would love to have it in Pyongyang, that would show to the world that even the United States president is willing to come to North Korea", said Rodger Baker, vice president of strategic analysis at advisory firm Stratfor.

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