Kim Jong Un leaves for summit in South Korea

Kim Jong Un leaves for summit in South Korea

Kim Jong Un leaves for summit in South Korea

"If there's no chance that we can fix it, I will recommend to the president that we work with our allies to achieve a better outcome and to achieve a better deal", Pompeo said in his confirmation hearing. He says he will "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire". And for several hours thereafter, they discussed that visionary prospect. A U.S. -DPRK summit will be high-risk, high-reward for both Kim and Trump, because failure could entrench their opposing stances on the nuclear issue and lead to confrontation, with no alternative pathways that could defuse it.

True, Kim stopped nuclear testing.

At the weekend Pyongyang declared a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches. In retrospect, the Reykjavik summit was viewed as an important event toward ending the Cold War.

Trump, who often accuses his predecessors of failing to address the North Korean threat, has argued that the only concession he has made was his surprise decision last month to accept Kim's invitation for a meeting - the first ever between the leaders of the United States and North Korea during six decades of hostility.

Yet his opponents warned that his hawkish foreign policy views and negative comments about gay marriage and Muslims made him ill-equipped to serve as a diplomat or to represent the US on the world stage. Kim and Moon then saluted an honor guard and military band, and Moon introduced Kim to South Korean government officials.

Kim soon dispatched an envoy of North Korean athletes and performers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Trump, however, suggested he has already achieved something.

Trump emphasized the economic sanctions his administration has levied on Pyongyang and said that his goal remains "denuclearization" of North Korea.

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The former Central Intelligence Agency director was confirmed as Trump's secretary of state Thursday after a contentious nomination battle on a 57-42 vote.

Though Pompeo and other aides will presumably be present when the two leaders meet, that's no guarantee of restraint.

Mike Pompeo has been sworn is as secretary of state.

In his public comments, Trump has alternated assertions of a likely agreement with Kim with warnings of what might happen without an accord. "If he can come out as the guy who solved Korea, that would be big". On March 8, Suh and Chung announced in front of the White House that Trump had accepted Kim's invitation to meet.

The two Koreas have agreed to cease hostilities in many agreements since 1992, only to see one side or another restart antagonisms as relations deteriorated over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

"The language is carefully calculated, just enough to keep the momentum going for talks without pledging to give up the nuclear weapons", Shin Beom Chul, a professor at the Korea Diplomatic Academy - part of the South's Ministry of Foreign Affairs - and senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank in Seoul, told ABC News.

For the North to agree to such an outcome however it would most likely need to be accompanied by their demand for the peninsula to be to demilitarised, which would involve the withdrawal of all United States troops, as well as the standing down of the North and South Korean militaries.

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