Trump Predicts North Korea ‘Economic’ Rocket Under Peace

Blanche Robertson
February 9, 2019

While emphasizing a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, and "a bold new diplomacy", Trump acknowledged "much work remains to be done". "He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him and fully understand how capable he is", he wrote in his post.

Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea, landed at a United States air base south of Seoul on Friday evening.

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The North Korean leader's official title is chairman of the State Affairs Commission. He and Biegun have stressed the economic benefits to North Korea if it does so.

Biegun is expected to share details of his Pyongyang meetings with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Saturday.

Trump said in his State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday that he will meet with Kim on February 27 to 28 in Vietnam. Moon is trying to keep Washington hard-liners at bay and create more space for inter-Korean reconciliation, which he says is crucial for resolving the nuclear standoff. Japan's Fuji TV quoted Vietnamese government sources as saying that Trump administration officials arrived in Da Nang on Wednesday afternoon.

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While in Asia, Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, is thought to have discussed specific disarmament steps that Pyongyang could promise at the Vietnam summit and what corresponding measures the United States is willing to take. "It is undecided where we will meet, but we'd like to coordinate our policies firmly", Kono said. But Washington has insisted that North Korea needs to first take more concrete steps toward denuclearization.

"I am confident that if both sides stay committed, we can make real progress".

Attention will focus on whether the U.S. team have offered to lift some economic sanctions in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearization.

The Koreas remain technically at war as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The two leaders met for the first time in Singapore last June and signed a joint four-point document which included a commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and "security guarantees" from the United States, but the implementation of the agreements reached at the historic meeting has since been slow.

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