N.Korea Summit On Despite Doubtful Outcome

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2019

Trump and Kim are set to meet in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, from February 27 to 28 for their second summit.

4 - Despite optimism expressed by Trump and the White House, one of Trump's top military officials, Admiral Philip Davidson, who heads the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, has issued a statement to a senate committee concluding that it is unlikely North Korea will give up all of its nuclear weapons or production capabilities, but seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization in exchange for U.S. and global concessions.

Gen. Abrams stressed that even if the United States eliminates the nuclear menace, USA troops will need to remain in the region to combat other conventional threats to American interests posed by North Korea.

Russia reiterates its calls for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis as well as other issues troubling the Korean peninsula, Director of Russian Foreign Ministry's First Asian Department Georgiy Zinoviev said on Tuesday.

The White House declined comment on Davidson's remarks. That follows an unprecedented June 11 summit of the two leaders in the wealthy city state of Singapore.

Davidson said tensions with North Korea had declined since it halted nuclear and missile testing in 2017 and that it had taken some denuclearization steps, most notably the destruction of tunnels at it nuclear test site. He's now said that more than a dozen issues were discussed during those talks.

5 - Renowned U.S. investment guru, Jim Rogers, it seems will be going to North Korea next month after receiving an invitation from Kim Jong-un.

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I am optimistic about the upcoming U.S. North Korea Summit later this month as we work toward identifying a path to final fully verifiable denuclearization as agreed upon by President Trump and Chairman Kim at their 2018 Singapore Summit.

Yonhap news agency said members of the parliamentary delegation quoted Biegun as saying that while there had been agreement on the summit agenda, the two sides would seek to narrow their differences in the next round of talks.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., raised concerns that Trump could make a bad trade in the talks, such as removing American troops from South Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Slovakia on Tuesday he hoped for "substantial progress" in Hanoi.

In talks with the United States, North Korea has been seeking a lifting of punishing USA -led sanctions, a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, and security guarantees.

Following the North's series of nuclear and missile tests in 2017, the Trump administration has led the drive at the United Nations to impose tough sanctions on the country. "These capabilities continue to hold the United States, the Republic of Korea and our regional allies at risk".

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