World shouldn't question Kim Jong Un's motives, says South Korean defense minister

Sergei Lavrov
GETTYSergei Lavrov is set to visit North Korea following an invitation from Ri Yong-ho
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02 June, 2018

USA officials working to plan President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tells Trudeau on NAFTA: US will agree to fair deal or "no deal at all" Dem senator suggests Trump "sending a message to witnesses" with pardons Kim Jong Un hasn't changed his stance on denuclearization: report MORE's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore have reportedly run into a logistical problem - who will pay for Kim's hotel?

"We talked about it". He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary to bring about his goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula but "I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end".

"Historically it's very important, but we'll see".

Lavrov said Moscow hoped all sides would take a measured approach to possible forthcoming talks on a nuclear settlement.

Trump has declined to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks.

Trump made the announcement on Friday, following a two-hour-long meeting with North Korean senior official Kim Yong-chol at the White House.

Last week, Trump had abruptly canceled the historic Singapore meeting arranged by USA and North Korean officials after North Korea sent a bellicose letter critical of Vice President Mike Pence.

Most expert observers are sceptical that even an unprecedented summit between the two leaders can lead to a rapid breakthrough, and Trump admitted it would be a long and hard process. The video is part of a training video for party officials but has been leaked to the public, according to a North Korean defector.

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In addition to an end to the war, he is likely to seek global recognition as well as guarantees against any strike by the United States forces stationed in South Korea. An aide later confirmed he did after the talks.

But the USA would need to circumvent its own sanctions against the rogue nation. Since the short-lived boycott threat, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy.

On Thursday, after talks with Kim Yong-chol in NY, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed confidence that the process was moving in the right direction, but warned that the North's young leader must be bold enough to make a "strategic shift" in understanding that he will be safer without nuclear weapons. They can make a strategic shift. "This will obviously be their decision", he said.

The arrangements for the five-star accommodations are among many that have to be hashed out before Kim and President Trump sit down for the historic talks in Singapore, the Washington Post reported.

During the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea set aside $2.6 million to cover travel accommodations for a North Korean cheering squad, an art troupe and other members of the visiting delegation.

He also expressed Moscow's support for an agreement Kim reached with Moon at a summit last month that focused on measures to ease hostilities and increase exchanges between the two Koreas.

The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and Kim's de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting. "Hopefully we will have a meeting on the 12th".


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