Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ahead of President Trump-Kim Jong Un summit: What we know

Ahead of President Trump-Kim Jong Un summit: What we know

The spokesman warned that the claims are a "dangerous attempt" to ruin a budding easing of hostilities after Kim's summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The summit is being regarded as a symbol of improvement in China's relationships with South Korea and Japan and issues like peace initiative in the Korean Peninsula and growing protectionism by Donald Trump's U.S. have served as gluing factors.

But the warm welcome was not Mr Kim's only gift from the South's leader; he also received a USB drive from Mr Moon.

At the meeting, the two leaders are expected to discuss the issue of denuclearization of North Korea.

Earlier South Korea's official Yonhap news agency had reported that US military assets including F-22 stealth fighter jets were recently sent to participate in the joint annual South Korea-US air training.

Since Kim promised Moon at their summit that he would shut down the Punggye-ri nuclear site in May and invite American and South Korean experts and journalists to inspect the demolition, according to Blue House, that may be on the agenda for the phone conversation. It is also believed to have built an arsenal of 20 to 60 nuclear warheads over the years. The summit comes on the heels of the historic inter-Korea summit, where leaders of the two Koreas signed the Panmunjom Declaration on April 27, thus agreeing to work toward peace and reunification.

"The U.S.is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation", said a spokesperson for the communist regime.

There has been much speculation over the location of historic summit.

South Korean soldiers take down a propaganda loudspeakers on the border with North Korea on May 1, 2018 in Paju, South Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ratings at home have nosedived in recent times, will also hold bilateral talks with the Chinese and South Korean leaderships on the sidelines of the summit, it was reported by The Straits Times.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", the statement read. The president stated that in anticipation of the talk, he has had to restrain himself from making certain comments about Kim Jong Un, particularly restraining from calling him "Rocket Man".

Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of United Nations and USA sanctions in recent years in a bid to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.

He added: "Stayed tuned". And a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages, and I think you're going to see very good things.

The White House has said its pressure campaign on North Korea will continue until the North dismantles its nuclear program.

Dr. David Kay, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies said up to 300 inspectors would be needed in the North, but it would be hard to find enough specialists with the necessary skills and experience.

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