Trump hints at delaying meeting with Kim; experts say detente requires patience

North Korea invited a handful of media from a number of countries to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri testing site to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests

Trump hints at delaying meeting with Kim; experts say detente requires patience

The nuclear disarmament of the North was the major point of discussion between the United States and the South Korean leaders.

For his part, Moon tried to disperse the USA skepticism regarding the Trump-Kim meeting. Also, we look at primary election results in several states.

The North has threatened to pull out of the summit with Trump in Singapore on June 12 if Washington demands it unilaterally abandons its nuclear arsenal.

That planning session was related with the upcoming June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

This year, the organizers attempted to stage another march across the border, but the plan fell apart because of a USA -imposed ban on American trips to North Korea, as well as the reluctance of North Korean women's groups.

The demolition is due to take place sometime between Wednesday and Friday, depending on the weather, according to the North.

Lawmakers' questioning of Pompeo followed Trump's comment Tuesday that "there's a very substantial chance" the meeting would not proceed as scheduled.

Trump's concerns about China's influence on the summit with Kim were reflected in the president's tweet last week in which he declared that his administration was looking at ways of potentially assisting ZTE, a Chinese phone maker that has struggled in the wake of US economic sanctions.

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"We're optimistic that we can achieve an outcome that would be great for the world", Pompeo said.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its program.

Trump raised doubts about the summit in talks on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea slip away. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy". "I don't think anybody's ever been treated better in China in their history", he said. Moon expressed "every confidence" in Trump's ability to hold the summit and bring about peace. "North Korea (DPRK) summit will truly be successful and whether the complete denuclearization of North Korea (DPRK) will be realized", he said. His spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Trump was referring to a commitment to seriously discuss denuclearization.

There was no word on how the South Korean reporters might reach North Korea to catch up with their colleagues.

Foreign and South Korean journalists were on their way on Wednesday to cover the destruction of North Korea's nuclear test site, a gesture of goodwill before a planned historic summit with the USA.

Despite the North's move, Trump said he believes Kim is willing to give up nukes.

"Even if sanctions are lifted, it may take time for North Korea (DPRK) to realize the economic benefits President Trump has suggested as it will need to make internal reforms before we are likely to see significant investment from the private sector", he said.

"The government will swiftly carry out necessary measures for the journalists such as granting approvals for visiting North Korea and providing transportation", the ministry said.

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