Who Wants a Deal More: North Korea or the United States?

Danny Woods
May 24, 2018

"We should meet their demand to sign a peace treaty, and establish a physical presence in Pyongyang, an office staffed by Americans who can interact with North Korean citizens", he said.

Even as teams of advance staffers survey ornate hotel ballrooms in Singapore for the June 12 encounter, some of the President's advisers privately say the chances of the talks occurring grew slimmer after North Korea adopted a harsher tone toward the United States last week and raised questions about Kim's commitment to, and definition of, denuclearization. "I think tomorrow's meeting is critical in terms of whether we're really going to have Washington and Pyongyang meeting". -South Korea military exercises and lambasted John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, who has advocated a speedy timeframe for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.

Laying the political groundwork, Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview with Fox News, said both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been "played" by the North Korean government.

Both parties to the talks are invested in holding the meeting, with Kim seeing an opportunity for worldwide legitimacy and Trump the prospect of securing Korean stability - and perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize.

Still, some news reports suggested Trump, or at least his aides, may be having second thoughts about the U.S.

About two dozen journalists from the USA, U.K., China and Russian Federation arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to witness the planned dismantling of the isolated country's primary nuclear test site.

CNN's Will Ripley, left, and foreign journalists prepare to board a plane to North Korea in Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday.

A Unification Ministry official said Tuesday that after failing the previous day, it again tried to transmit the South's list of journalists through its Panmunjom communication channel at the inter-Korean border village at 9 a.m. but the North declined to accept it.

The summit ended with a joint declaration that both countries are committed to denuclearization and officially ending the war 65 years after the armistice.

That's a goal also set by previous USA administrations that proved impossible to achieve and one that few observers in the South believe Pyongyang would consider now that its program is virtually complete.

This has been seen by North Korean leaders as a reason to hold onto their nuclear weapons to ensure regime survival.

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"If the North Koreans stiff him, if they sit down and meet with him and try to play him, they're going to regret it". That's a possibility that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has likely taken into account in his country's plans to work toward denuclearization.

"I have no doubt that you will be able to. accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past", Moon said.

But Vice President Mike Pence made clear Trump might change his mind.

Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the USA and North Korea that is in trouble nearly before it begins.

Trump and Moon "agreed to closely cooperate on the success of the U.S". -North Korean summit by keeping up the economic pressure.

"President Trump told me three days ago that he wants to end this in a win-win way", Graham said.

This disconnect between North Korea and the United States could portend disaster-if the United States continues pushing a CVID model inspired by that of Libya, diplomacy will be a nonstarter with the North. The regime cited long-planned U.S. Trump has said his meeting with Kim will take place on June 12 in Singapore.

"These coins are designed, manufactured and made by an American coin manufacturer".

Many analysts dismissed this, however, pointing out North Korea's position had not shifted significantly, and an improved relationship with Beijing did not mean China could pull the strings.

After mulling the rhetoric for the past week, White House officials now believe Kim was attempting to test Trump's willingness to make concessions ahead of the summit, according to a USA official.

Observers in South Korea say no one should be surprised by all the conflicting signals.

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