Eight journalists from South Korea departed for rival North Korea on Wednesday after the North allowed them to join the small group of foreign media in the country to witness the dismantling of its nuclear test site this week, Seoul officials said. "I'm very hopeful that meeting will take place".
White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Pompeo's testimony Wednesday to the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked a significant walking back from rhetoric that North Korea has scorned, raising doubts about the meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump have planned for Singapore on June 12. He says preparations continue for a planned June 12 summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Yoon Young-chan, senior secretary for public relations, said Moon assured Trump of North Korea's honest intentions, Seoul Economic Daily reported Wednesday.
North Korea took particular offence at comments by Trump's hawkish national security adviser John Bolton that the US was looking to the example of Libya, which relinquished its nuclear program in the early 2000s in exchange for sanctions relief.
The creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) said he's been to North Korea twice, seeking investments but the US government is holding him back, Fox Business Network explained.
That was a reference to Libya's former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who agreed to give up nuclear weapons in 2003 and was later killed by Western-backed rebels. He said Bolton's comments were alluding to the failure of past disarmament deals with North Korea "where in exchange for act x the United States sends a check across the transom", Pompeo said. When asked if there could be an incremental approach, providing incentives along the way to the North, he said, "I don't think I want to totally commit myself".
Trump's remarks also came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a House committee Wednesday that the United States was fully prepared to back out of Korea talks.
"That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim", he said. Asked by lawmakers whether he had a commitment from Kim to make it part of a deal, Pompeo said, "We have broad outlines of what it is that each nation is prepared to do".
In requesting the exemption, Gafoor said, "The summit will serve as an opportunity to advance the objective of a peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue and the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region". "North Korea summit", Yoon said, quoting remarks Moon made during discussions with Trump.