North Korean delegation visits China


A North Korean delegation arrived in Beijing on Monday.

Concurring with Daniel Russel's statement, Lee also said that the Iran deal has no implications for what Kim Jong-Un would or would not have done, since the North Korean regime has a documented record of using aggression to extort concessions in negotiation with South Korea and the United States, only to renege on its promises and repeat the same playbook again in a few years. This is the first time that the USA government mentioned a specific place in its territory to store North Korea's nuclear facilities and materials to be dismantled.

Japan's Foreign Minister says Tokyo will not demand North Korea change its political system if it gives up its nuclear weapons program. Pompeo's remarks implied that the two sides might have gone further to agree on how to denuclearize the North and how to compensate for complying with what the U.S calls for: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Xi's offer "may have led to Kim's judgement on denuclearization" when he met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang after his China trip, according to the Yomiuri. If the idea is translated into action, North Korea could enjoy economic prosperity that will rival that of South Korea. "They are the strongest assurance that guarantees the most respected and happiest life on earth". Thae predicts it would then eventually seek joint economic projects with South Korea, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex that used to employ North Korean civilians and provided a revenue stream for the regime.

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Russel also said that Kim Jong-Un is unlikely to put any trust in USA promises in a negotiation in the first place, even before Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal.

Thae defected from North Korea with his family in 2016. The meeting would be the first time a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader would meet, and comes after Kim held a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.