How a Kim-Trump summit could help save the Iran deal

How a Kim-Trump summit could help save the Iran deal

"We hope they will stick to those promises, and if so, the meeting will go on as planned", Sanders said.

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.

His National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong traveled to Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday morning while a parallel delegation headed by National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon flew to Tokyo to brief Japanese Prime Minister Abe on the attempts to open talks with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile program.

North Korea is competing for the first time in the Winter Paralympics, continuing its signaling some amount of reconciliation with South Korea and the global community.

China fought alongside North Korea against the US-led forces in the Korean War, but relations have been testy since the North's nuclear plan started to pick up pace, and Mr Xi and Mr Kim have reportedly never met.

Mike Chinoy, CNN's former senior Asia correspondent and author of "Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis", said "an asterisk" would hover above the talks until North Korea officially confirms its buy-in.

Japan and the United States see IAEA inspections as the first step toward the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula - a key condition for their dialogue with Pyongyang.

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The paper on Monday stressed that North Koreans bolster their "revolutionary spirit of Mt. Baekdu" against the likes of the United States. He struggled for years to adjust to his new capitalist home before finding the sport he says now means "everything in life".

A White House statement said Xi had welcomed to prosper of talks during a call with Mr Trump on Friday.

"They're actually concerned", he said.

"That we were able to get to this stage shows China has played an important role", he said. Carranza said the meeting place will be a crucial factor.

According to a South Korean presidential office source, Suh told Kono that the North Korean leader made no mention of the abduction issue. A location has not been decided for the North Korea-US summit, while Mr Kim and Mr Moon will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the border of the two Koreas.

Trump and Kim have agreed to meet by the end of May, although they have yet to confirm a date or time.

North Korea has a history of deceit and can not be trusted despite claims it wants to talk peace, says a national security analyst. "The U.S. has no diplomatic ties with North Korea; the countries are adversaries dating to the Korean War and repeatedly traded heated insults previous year, including Trump's remarks at the United Nations, in which he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. was threatened".

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