South Koreans Visiting Pyongyang For Summit Anniversary

Hugh Fox
October 7, 2018

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future".

At their unprecedented summit in June, US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, agreed in broad terms to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula".

U.S. State Department said Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for further talks concerning the country's denuclearization. "But it's a good first step", said Joel Wit, a senior Fellow at the Stimson Center who was involved in past negotiations with the North Koreans while working at the State Department. Ironically, such a settlement can succeed only if the Trump administration's North Korea policy keeps failing.

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Pompeo said Wednesday he's optimistic he'll come away with a plan for a second summit between Trump and Kim and progress on a "pathway for denuclearization".

"What North Korea has indicated is they will permanently dismantle their nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, which is a very big part of their nuclear program", Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in an interview with The Washington Post. North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, told the United Nations last week "there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first". That left Seoul lobbying hard for a second summit between Trump and Kim to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy. That was Kim and Moon's third meeting this year as they work to resolve the nuclear standoff following a torrid run of North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

"No, really - he wrote me lovely letters, and they're great letters", he said. It's unclear whether they will meet Kim before returning home on Saturday.

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"We see this as a consistent effort, before, during and after any diplomatic efforts by the United States and the global community, " said Joyce, describing North Korea as being "undeterred" and urging the U.S. government to provide more specific threat information to financial institutions about APT38's modus operandi.

But other cybersecurity experts tell the Associated Press that they also see continued signs that North Korea's authoritarian government, which has a long track record of criminality to raise cash, is conducting malign activity online.

Pyongyang yesterday said that declaring the end of the 1950-53 Korean War "can never be a bargaining chip" for getting North Korea denuclearised, adding that the country "will not particularly hope for it" if the United States does not want the end of war, according to state media KCNA.

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South Korea delegation members, foreground, are welcomed on their arrival at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

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