Trump, Moon discuss plan to meet North Korean leader: White House

South Korea’s scenic Jeju Island is one of the possibilities where Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump could meet

Trump announced on Tuesday he would be replacing Tillerson with Pompeo, who now serves as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The news came from a readout of Trump's phone call Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Pyongyang's newest gambit may just as easily be a prelude to a further surprise: the unveiling of a tempting grand solution to the Korean peninsula crisis, possibly dropped into the middle of the talks between the two leaders.

North Korea will start transitioning towards China's dictatorship model.

Since the end of the Games last month, Kim has hosted a high-level delegation from Seoul, which delivered the summit offer to Trump. "Those years of on-and-off negotiations were like climbing peaks and then sliding down the other side", Park said.

"We fully expect that it (the meeting) will (take place). If it fails, we crash".

Admiral Harry Harris told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee he believed the United States would stick to its demand for the "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula.

On Monday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, after meeting with Suh, credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by the worldwide community, and said the pressure must continue until the North fulfills its promises with concrete actions.

If a meeting materializes, the risk of miscalculation is high.

Moreover, North Korea continues to work on other weapons of mass destruction, such as nerve gas, all of which can be fitted onto its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Thus, European officials, who want the deal to remain as is, now fear the recent flurry of diplomacy with Pyongyang increases the likelihood that Trump will actually walk away from the Iran deal, according to a Wall Street Journal report published this weekend. There's been no such contact ever between sitting USA and North Korean leaders.

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Adding to the uncertainty is the lack of experienced North Korea hands in Trump's circle. He's popular at home, and overseas he has emerged as a reliable intermediary between North Korea and the United States, enemies that spent the past year threatening each other with total destruction.

"They now have nuclear weapons and a delivery system that can legitimately threaten all states in the United States", Yun told CNN on Thursday.

"We met in secret with senior North Koreans on 14 occasions".

Even though North Korea is dependent on China for over 90 percent of its trade, relations between the two allies has been strained over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Japanese broadcaster TBS said Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Moon discussed North Korea in a telephone call on Friday.

South Korea has made a decision to propose to North Korea holding high-level bilateral talks later this month ahead of their planned summit next month, a senior official of the presidential office said Friday.

"Unlike the South Korean government's blueprint for the U.S". At a security forum last July, Pompeo said North Korea is at the front of Trump's mind.

"I think Director Pompeo - and I know some of his folks very well - they have worked very closely with the White House and with the President", Yun said.

After months of tension and warmongering over Pyongyang's nuclear program, Trump has agreed to a summit proposal relayed by South Korean envoys who met Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.


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