When Pompeo met Kim: White House releases images of historic moment

by Garry Watts April 27, 2018, 5:14
When Pompeo met Kim: White House releases images of historic moment

Skeptics of engagement have long said that the North often turns to interminable rounds of diplomacy meant to ease the pain of sanctions - giving it time to flawless its weapons and win aid for unfulfilled nuclear promises.

Afterwards, Mr Moon and Kim will take a walk together in Panmunjom before beginning the next round of talks.

Mr Kim is set to cross the military demarcation line - a clearly defined marker of the official land border between the territories.

"What President Moon has in mind is how to demilitarize the demilitarized zone". It lasted an hour and resulted in a sentence of 15 years of hard labor.

Two South Korean special envoys, National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon and National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong, then visited Kim on March 5-6 in Pyongyang, where Kim pledged his willingness to pursue denuclearization and conveyed an invitation for a summit with U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

"I came here determined to send a starting signal at the threshold of a new history", Kim told Moon as the meeting began, promising a "frank, serious and honest mindset".

As well as addressing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the leaders of the two Koreas are expected to discuss a path to peace on the peninsula to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, and a series of economic and social issues.

Every detail of the summit has been precisely planned - from the timetable to the dinner menu. The two leaders will meet Friday on the South Korean side of the DMZ that separates their two countries, which will be late Thursday night in the U.S.

Kim and Mr Moon will meet in a conference room on the second floor of Peace House at a newly-designed oval-shaped table with legs to resemble two bridges merging.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier have filed a lawsuit against the North Korean government, alleging the regime is responsible for the murder of their son Otto.

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After they sign an agreement a joint statement will be issued.

The declaration of mutual agreement will be announced in the afternoon, followed by a dinner banquet carefully prepared to reflect wishes for peace and prosperity. "North Korea has repeatedly lied about the causes of Otto's condition and refuses to acknowledge its abhorrent actions", the suit says.

From there, the State Department said Pompeo planned to fly to the Middle East for stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, where the future of the Iran deal and the conflict in Syria will be significant agenda items.

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Kim also joked that he hoped Moon would enjoy North Korea's famous cold noodles that will be brought to the banquet after the summit, saying it was hard to bring the noodles from capital Pyongyang.

"I think President Trump is serious about getting a victory out of this", Killough said.

The overwhelming focus of the summit, the country's third-ever, will be on North Korea's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons.

South Korea's delegation is comprised of seven officials, including the ministers for defense, foreign affairs and unification. Fred Warmbier accompanied Pence as part of the USA delegation to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

"If all goes to plan, Kim Jong-un (above) will today become the first leader of North Korea to cross the 38th parallel and set foot on South Korean soil since fighting ended in the Korean war in 1953".

Ahead of the summit, North Korean media praised Mr Kim for his work in the talks. "And peace is a process", Killough said.

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