Will Trump make a bad deal with North Korea?

Will Trump make a bad deal with North Korea?

The statement, unconfirmed by North Korea, comes before a summit between the leaders of the two countries on April 27, to be followed in May or June by a meeting between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump.

North Korea, a small, authoritarian nation surrounded by bigger and richer neighbors, has always linked its pursuit of nuclear weapons to what it calls a "hostile" US policy that is embodied by the 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, the 50,000 stationed in Japan, and the "nuclear umbrella" security guarantee that Washington offers allies Seoul and Tokyo. Washington and Seoul, however, have refused to countenance the removal of United States troops. He added: "They only... North Korea is only talking about the end of a hostile policy against it and then a security guarantee for the country".

South Korea announced on Wednesday that it was considering how to convert a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a full peace agreement. U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood, attending a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on Thursday, reaffirmed the Trump administration's stance on the North.

On Wednesday, Trump, who says he plans to meet Kim in late May or early June for an unprecedented summit to try to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons, reaffirmed the "unwavering" United States commitment to maintain that umbrella.

Moon said big-picture agreements about normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States should not be hard to reach through planned summits between North and South, and between the North and the United States, in a bid to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.

The Japanese Prime Minister backed Trump for his efforts regarding North Korea and demanded complete denuclearisation of North Korea.

Mr Moon said that he saw the possibility of a peace agreement, or even global aid for the North's economy, if it denuclearises.

Mr Trump said on Wednesday that he hoped that the summit would be successful, but warned that he would call it off if he did not think it would produce results.

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Robert Wood, the top U.S. envoy to the UN-hosted conference on disarmament, said the country would maintain a "maximum pressure campaign" to convince North Korea to denuclearise, even as preparations for the summit continued, adding that it "has had an important impact in the North's decision to return to the table".

"If I think it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go", he said.

The visit marked the highest-level contact between the USA and North Korea since 2000.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing in Beijing that China supported ending the state of war on the Korean peninsula.

Yet, both the United States and North Korea have been mutually working towards a summit in which the two would meet and discuss the nuclear program issue.

A senior South Korean presidential official said Wednesday that the Koreas plan to use their summit to discuss ending military hostilities, but it wasn't clear if they'd discuss the end of the war.

North Korea meanwhile will hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party's central committee on Friday, state media KCNA said on Thursday.

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