Friday, 17 August, 2018

North Korea ‘replaces’ military top brass in pre-summit shake-up

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Faye Gross | 05 June, 2018, 17:15

Meanwhile, the USA team in Singapore ended weeklong discussions with North Korean officials last week and had finalized logistical details for the summit, which played a key role in giving Trump the confidence to reinstate the summit on Friday, CNN reported, citing a senior White House official. He noted that Russian Federation, as a nation that shares a border with North Korea, is frightened by the prospect of a conflict.

Mr Trump revived the Singapore summit on Friday after cancelling it a week earlier.

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The new officers could also provide some insurance against any attempt to seize power while Kim is away at the summit, experts say. "If he tries to reach a deal with Kim Jong Un just for the sake of reaching a deal, and the agreement fails to live up the principles we've laid out, then he'll have been bested at the negotiating table yet again". And as the president stated, we have sanctions on.

Speculation over how North Korea will handle the costs for Kim's June 12 meeting with Trump has taken off after a Washington Post report cited two anonymous USA officials suggesting the Trump administration has been "seeking a discreet way" to help pay Kim's hotel bill.

Asked whether he would discuss human rights issues at the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump gave a vague answer, saying: "Could be".

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has also offered to chip in a share of the million dollars it was awarded for winning the Nobel Peace Prize a year ago. But it was not immediately clear whether any of them would accompany Kim to Singapore. North Korea had threatened to withdraw over concerns that planned negotiations would reflect a "one-sided" agenda focusing only on North Korean denuclearization.

All the officials who were reportedly promoted were younger than those dismissed, according to Yonhap, including the new general staff chief, Ri Yong Gil, who at 63 is 21 years younger than the outgoing Ri Myong Su.

"I am not going to get into the specifics of the letter, but as the president said, they were interesting, and we feel like things are continuing to move forward, and good progress has been made, and we're continuing to prepare for the president's summit", Sanders said.

After a war of words that lasted months, it aims to start a discussion on ending the North's nuclear weapons programme in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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