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President expects North Korea meeting in May or June

10 April 2018

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump on Monday extended the timetable for his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the summit might not happen until early June.

Trump agreed last month to a landmark summit with the nuclear-armed North but with no specific dates or venue set, there had been questions over Pyongyang's intention to participate.

Trump expressed hope that the discussion would result in North Korea giving up its growing nuclear arsenal, a move Pyongyang said on Sunday it is prepared to put on the table. But some South Korean analysts advising President Moon Jae-in ahead of his own summit with Kim, to be held at the end of this month, say Kim knows that insisting on them is unrealistic.

Delury said that the USA should want Kim to feel confident going into these talks, rather than feeling cornered.

For the better part of a year ago, North Korea continued to defy worldwide officials' pleas to cease countless nuclear missile and bomb tests, even going so far as to threaten the US territory of Guam after fierce words from Trump demanding a halt to their increased military activity.

This would be the first time a sitting U.S. President has met with a North Korean leader.

Lt.Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley told Arizona State University (ASU): "It's in the best interests of the United States and the rest of the world to be engaged in a diplomatic and political dialogue with the leadership of North Korea to try to prevent a nuclear or even a conventional war because they have an extremely sizeable military force". They 've said. We've said.

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"We've ever already been connected with North Korea", Mr. Trump said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting at the White House".

'I think there will be great respect paid by both parties and hopefully there will be a deal on denuking, ' Trump said.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official organ of the ruling Workers' Party, filled its front page with KCNA's report, along with pictures of Kim chairing the Politburo meeting.

The forthcoming summit "will be very exciting for the world", Trump said.

A North Korean diplomat reaffirmed Tuesday that Pyongyang remains committed to denuclearizing the peninsula through progressive and simultaneous actions. -North Korea contact is proceeding smoothly.

The official accompanied the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho at a ministerial-level meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week.

President expects North Korea meeting in May or June