2nd Trump-Kim summit early next year, US president says

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Thursday the North had suggested a postponement. "But we're very happy with how it's going with North Korea". "The North side said 'both of our schedules are busy, so let's postpone, '" Kang said, citing what she was told by the United States.

The US and North Korea had been at loggerheads, amid an intensifying war of nerves concerning economic sanctions against North Korea, over who should be the first to make concessions before moving forward on denuclearization talks.

North Korea has yet to comment on the cancellation.

North Korea has for weeks complained over continued U.S. sanctions, saying that the minor concessions it has made to date should warrant fewer restrictions.

North Korea has demanded the USA take "corresponding measures" in return for steps it has already taken.

Many officials in the US administration want to take time in setting up a summit because they're trying to get something more substantial after widespread criticism that Trump made large concessions to Kim in the first summit without getting much in return, said Park Hyeong-jung, an analyst from the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul.

South Korea and the United States tried to play down speculation that the meeting was postponed due to stark differences between Washington and Pyongyang on how the denuclearization process should proceed.

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Critics say Trump's decision to start off his North Korean diplomacy with a leaders' summit, instead of building upward from lower-level talks, bestowed legitimacy on the North before it took any meaningful steps toward denuclearization.

The request for consultations came just hours after President Donald Trump said he was in "no rush" to solve the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program.

But the State Department said early on Wednesday that the meeting had been postponed and gave no reason, raising concerns that talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear arms could break down.

"We are going to make it. another day", he told reporters in Washington. "I think it would be excessive to read too much into the postponement of the meeting".

Trump told a White House news conference the change was "because of trips that are being made", but did not elaborate on these. The State Department said the talks would be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit". "And I'll leave it at that".

The US has been pushing North Korea to disclose an inventory of its nuclear weapons program and allow US inspectors to verify the dismantlement of its Punggye-ri nuclear site, its Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and possibly its Yongbyon nuclear complex. "Sometime early next year", he said.

Russian Federation and China have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with an easing of sanctions for halting missile tests and opening up a dialogue with the United States on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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