Will the North Korea Summit be Delayed?

Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The US May Have to Withdraw Some Troops

The decision about whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and President Donald Trump happens is "ultimately up to Chairman Kim", Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Why would we live in difficulties because of our nuclear arsenal if and when we build trust with the USA and promise an end to the Korean War".

"Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he said.

Many observers had argued before Mr Trump met Mr Moon that there was too much at stake for Washington and Pyongyang not to proceed with the Singapore summit.

"Thanks to your vision of achieving peace through strength, as well as your strong leadership, we're looking forward to the first-ever US-North Korea summit", Moon said in an opening statement directed at Trump.

Trump told reporters Wednesday, "whatever it is, we will know next week about Singapore and if we go I think it will be a great thing for North Korea".

No weapons inspectors or nonproliferation experts have been invited to attend the event, which North Korea has said would "ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test".

Pompeo, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Trump before becoming secretary of state in April when the president fired Rex Tillerson, has met twice with Kim in Pyongyang. Asked by lawmakers whether he had a commitment from Kim to make it the part of a deal, Pompeo said, "We have broad outlines of what it is that each nation is prepared to do".

The United States and South Korea are working to keep the scheduled US summit with North Korea on track - even after President Donald Trump's comment that "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned.

The train trip was expected to take eight to 12 hours, followed by several hours on a bus and then an hour's hike to the site itself.

North Korea suspended planned talks last week with the South and threatened to pull out of an upcoming summit with the U.S. But the invitation to media was seen by some as an indication that its unexpected offer to end its nuclear tests still held.

Meanwhile, a group of global journalists is travelling to North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site to watch it being dismantled.

Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said both sides were playing "a game of chicken" in the run up to the summit "to gain an upper hand in negotiations".

The North had declined to accept the list of South Korean reporters for days without providing any reason or explanation, giving rise to speculation that the foot-dragging might have to do with somewhat cooled relations between the two Koreas after the North's abrupt cancellation of inter-Korean talks scheduled for last week.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the White House and State Department teams are still planning for June 12. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.

This satellite image, released and notated by Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North on March 30, shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea. On Wednesday it was escorting a group of worldwide reporters, including an Associated Press Television crew, to witness the closure of its atomic test site.

Observers will be watching the nuclear test site destruction ceremony closely for any clues to the North's mood. On Wednesday, a Unification Ministry spokeswoman said the government's stance hasn't changed and it has no plans to send them back because they are South Korean citizens.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comments at a regular news briefing.

Other US officials have privately expressed concern that Moon, eager to make progress with the North, may have overstated Kim's willingness to negotiate in good faith over the dismantling of his nuclear arsenal. Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, tempered expectations considerably in his May 15 statement, in which he scolded the US for believing that Pyongyang would adopt a Libya-style denuclearization scheme up-front.

North Korea has always justified its nuclear program as a deterrent against perceived US hostility. "And I think they were dedicating an aircraft carrier that the United States paid for", Trump said.

America's superpower rivals were tracking the developments closely. "A number of discussions have taken place below the foreign minister level", Pompeo said.

Russian Federation has expressed support for the U.S.

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