'Kim Jong Un' poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

28 May, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Kim Reid
  • US officials travel to North Korea to prepare for summit despite uncertainty

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia views the cancellation of the US-North Korea summit with "regret", adding that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had done everything he had promised to do.

The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the arrangements, said Sung Kim, a former us ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, was leading the preparations on the USA side. "As you know there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location which I won't name, but you'd like the location", he told reporters in Washington. "We're looking at June 12 in Singapore, that hasn't changed", Trump said. The two Korean leaders agreed to "positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-U.S. relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace". "They simply stood us up".

"It looked like the real Kim Jong Un, but later I realised it's not the real one", said Sagar Admuthe who was visiting from Mumbai, India, after several selfies with the doppleganger against a backdrop of the city's bay.

The official says the North also reneged on a pledge to allow worldwide inspectors to monitor the supposed demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday.

Seoul already was looking at ways to relax economic pressure on Pyongyang, although a senior South Korean official said, "We can't and won't do anything that may loosen sanctions on our own, breaking away from the global community". "It's moving along very nicely".

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May 15 (evening EDT): North Korea's state media made a statement under Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Kwan's name.

"In Russia, we took this news with regret", Putin said.

May 22: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump met in Washington.

The meeting with the North Korean leader appeared to go very well, as it yielded future meetings between the two countries and raised the possibility of rescuing the Singapore summit.

A White House team will leave as scheduled for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday.

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While Trump's summit cancellation caused anxiety for US ally South Korea, Seoul is expected to keep enforcing existing sanctions. Elected on his strong pro-engagement positions, Moon said he pressed with Kim that North Korea and the USA need to keep direct communication channels open, in order to "eradicate chances for misunderstanding". South Korea and China account for nearly all of North Korea's land borders, so their support is essential for enforcing sanctions ramped up a year ago after Kim declared the ability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon.

"This is my normal body", he said, when asked if he had to put on weight to impersonate the North's leader.

After North Korean officials, including Choe, lashed out at Vice President Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, Trump abruptly announced that he was canceling the talks, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger".

While maintaining that Kim is committed to denuclearization, Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.

The Trump administration has sought to convince allies that any weakening of sanctions pressure would harm diplomatic prospects for resolving the crisis and increase chances for military options to address North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear missile capable of striking the continental United States.

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