N.Korea summit: Pence warns Kim not to 'play' Trump

Kim Jong-un and North Korea's nuclear test site

The official media had until recently taken a relatively subdued tone amid the North's diplomatic overtures to its neighbors, including a summit with South Korea's president last month and plans for leader Kim Jong-un to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

A spokesman for Mr Bolton could not immediately be reached for comment. But now we're headed for a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, one that the president has become unusually invested in.

Trump also surprised many by offering Kim an upfront security guarantee, allowing him to stay in power, and suggested that Kim's apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. -North Korea summit next month, even as the meeting itself has been thrown into question. The journalists, including an Associated Press Television crew, will stay at a hotel in this port city on North Korea's east coast before traveling by train to the site, which is in the northeastern part of the country.

Libyan leader Mummer Gaddafi agreed to end his country's nuclear programme in order to lift sanctions in 2003.

Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, trying to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit.

The North Koreans also seemed particularly upset by Bolton, who called on them to do what Libya did more than a decade ago.

This repeated mention of Libya caused Mr Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's Vice-Foreign Minister and a figure well-known to American officials thanks to his role in 2005 denuclearisation talks, to denounce Mr Bolton.

North Korea nuclear test site
DigitalGlobe/38 North Getty ImagesA row of what appears to be wooden beams has been spotted near one of the tunnel entrances

The ROK's Ministry of Unification on Tuesday expressed regret that the South Korean reporters had not been included in the delegation "despite inviting them to the ceremony for dismantling Punggyeri nuclear test site scheduled between May 23 and 25". Gadhafi did not have nuclear weapons like North Korea, but he sealed his fate when he handed Libya's uranium-enrichment centrifuge components and nuclear weapons blueprints to the U.S. After all, the USA has always focused on forestalling threats to its own security even if its regional friends are left at the receiving end.

"Kim Jong Un coming out to talks is not an act of one-way surrender, but a movement to adjust mutual interests", said Mr Lee Jong Seok, now at the pro-engagement Sejong Institute outside Seoul.

"China would be stupid to violate United Nations resolutions just to support North Korea", he said. For the North Korea meeting, insiders say, he is motivated by the idea of scoring a historic deal and is tickled by suggestions he could win a Nobel Peace Prize - especially since Barack Obama won the honor early in his presidency.

"Moon could appeal to Trump that he can see the completion of North Korea's denuclearization within his term", said Yoo Hoyeol, who teaches North Korean studies at Korea University in South Korea.

"You look at what the world is doing to us at every level, whether it's militarily or in trade or at so many other levels", Trump told CNN during the campaign, "the world is taking advantage of the United States". "I don't like that", Trump said.

Trump has suggested he can achieve this goal in negotiations with Kim. The report on North Korea's military capabilities was based on an assessment of developments in 2017 and was provided to Congress in April.

With just weeks to go and little clarity on what will be discussed or what happens if talks fail, some Korea watchers predict fireworks during Trump's talks with Moon. "He seems to think the USA can fight another war on the Korean Peninsula, so from our perspective, as the people living on the Korean Peninsula, he is very unsafe".

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