Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

North Korea OKs South Korean journalists after Moon remarks

North Korea OKs South Korean journalists after Moon remarks

His statement followed Trump's suggestion on Tuesday that the meeting could be delayed or scrapped entirely.

WONSAN, NORTH KOREA-A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 on Singapore, although on Tuesday at the White House Trump said there is a "substantial chance" the summit might not happen, after a recent series of complaints from North Korea over certain aspects of joint exercises and comments from national security adviser John Bolton. -North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won't be reassured by USA demands for "rapid denuclearization".

If it goes ahead, it will be first meeting between a US and a North Korean leader during more than six decades of hostility, and it would come just months after the North's rapid progress toward attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America fueled fears of war.

Mr Trump later denied the USA would follow the "Libyan model" if an agreement was reached with North Korea.

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.

Pompeo steered away from that comparison, but said the USA wants "rapid denuclearization, total and complete, that won't be extended over time". "If we go, I think it'll be a great thing". He's said he will succeed where his predecessors failed in persuading North Korea to give up its ambitions to become a nuclear superpower.

North Korea OKs South Korean journalists after Moon remarks
North Korea OKs South Korean journalists after Moon remarks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will walk away from talks with North Korea if the "right deal" is not on the table for negotiation.

"That model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely".

He said he had raised it with Kim "and it will be part of the discussions as we move forward".

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.

Pompeo said he was "very hopeful" the summit would take place but said the decision was ultimately up to Kim, who the secretary of state has met twice in less than two months.

"We will know next week about Singapore", he told reporters at the White House before leaving for NY, the day after acknowledging that there's a "very substantial chance" the summit will be canceled. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its weapons program. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.

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