World Kim-Trump preparations going well, says US

09:00  05 june  2018
09:00  05 june  2018 Source:   bbc.com

Former N.Korea spy chief heads to Washington for talks with U.S. officials -Yonhap

  Former N.Korea spy chief heads to Washington for talks with U.S. officials -Yonhap Former North Korea spy chief and senior official Kim Yong Chol is headed to Washington after stopping over in Beijing, presumably for talks with U.S. officials regarding a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said on Tuesday. Kim Yong Chol has been closely involved with talks with South Korea as well and his visit to the United States would further indicate preparations for the historic summit are moving ahead.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: The leaders will meet in Singapore on 12 June but few details have yet been made public © EPA The leaders will meet in Singapore on 12 June but few details have yet been made public

The US has said preparations for next week's meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are going well

The White House said the two men would first meet at 09:00 local time and that Mr Trump was receiving daily briefings.

But it said sanctions would not be lifted against North Korea unless it gave up its nuclear weapons.

With one week to go to the summit, hosted by Singapore, remarkably few details have been publicly confirmed.

It remains unclear exactly where in the city state the two will meet.

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Discussions on the denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula are expected to be high on the agenda, although some analysts have speculated that a formal end to the Korean War is also on the table.

There was initially much uncertainty over whether the summit would go ahead at all, and it was briefly called off last month by Mr Trump after a dispute with the North Koreans.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday that the president "has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team".

"And I can also tell you the schedule tentatively for that first meeting will be on June 12 at 9am Singapore time." That time is 01:00 GMT and 21:00 Tuesday 11 June in Washington. 

Top North Korean envoy boards flight for talks in U.S.: Yonhap

  Top North Korean envoy boards flight for talks in U.S.: Yonhap A top North Korean official boarded a flight in Beijing on Wednesday bound for New York and talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korea's Yonhap reported.Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief and trusted adviser to North Korea's leader, was on his way for what would be the highest-level meeting in this week's flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at salvaging an historic summit, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed in a Tweet on Tuesday.

'Sanctions remain in place'

Asked if the US would continue with Mr Trump's policy of placing "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang, Ms Sanders said that view had not changed.

"We have sanctions on, they are very powerful and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearised."

After meeting a senior North Korean official in Washington last week, Mr Trump said he did not want to use the term "maximum pressure" anymore, because the two sides were "getting along".

He said as North Korea was being more co-operative he would hold off on imposing new sanctions.

Ahead of the summit, North Korea has been engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came for a surprise visit to Pyongyang and the two countries are now making plans for Mr Kim to visit Moscow later this year. 

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Russia said it did not want to interfere in the diplomatic efforts of the US.

Over the weekend, North Korea said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was planning a state visit to North Korea as well.

On eve of summit, Trump has lots of other things on his mind .
Miles from Washington, staring down a momentous meeting with a North Korean autocrat, President Donald Trump had plenty of other things on his mind, too.On the eve of his big summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump on Monday piled on more tweets in his escalating trade war with Canada and sent out a top official to bash news reporting suggesting Trump's summit preparations could have been hindered by the lack of a top science adviser.

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