Trump played his cards well against Kim Jong Un

Trump played his cards well against Kim Jong Un

Trump played his cards well against Kim Jong Un

However, the White House has repeatedly said a Trump-Kim meeting will not take place unless Pyongyang takes action to eliminate its nuclear weapons program and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis canceled a scheduled visit to Beijing to discuss security in Northeast Asia in late March.

Panmunjom's "Peace House", a building designated a neutral meeting ground for government officials of both Koreas, will host what will be the third inter-Korean summit in the history of the Korean split and the first in-person meeting between Kim and Moon.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, the South's chief delegate to the Panmunjom talks, hinted at progress toward including denuclearization in the agenda for the Kim-Moon meeting.

According to Xinhua, Kim also said the nuclear issue could be resolved through "progressive and synchronous measures" by his regime and the U.S. Cho told reporters that the desired items on the docket to discuss for both world leaders were "not too different", both allegedly seeking to discuss denuclearization and the establishment of what Cho called a "peace regime", according to the South Korean Joongang Daily newspaper.

It's an unusual day, to say the least, for US President Donald Trump's followers on Twitter to see him actually write about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a positive note. Most experts agree that North Korea has no intention of ever fully denuclearizing, while the Trump administration has insisted that Pyongyang must accept the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program, and that "time is running out" to achieve this goal peacefully. As of now, it is anybody's guess what the US would do next if the Trump-Kim summit fails to produce a breakthrough.

Despite recent chilly relations between the neighbours, Chinese President Xi Jinping rolled out an actual red carpet for Kim, who arrived from Pyongyang in a 21-car bulletproof train.

Mr. Kim offered then to meet directly with Mr. Trump, who quickly accepted. But this does not appear in the North Korean video.

But Chinese state television gave similar coverage to Kim's meetings with Xi as they did to Xi's meetings with Trump past year, with an unusually long 14-minute report of what Xi and Kim discussed and where and how they met, though the initial secrecy of the trip meant no live coverage of the welcome ceremony.

Kim Jong Il had never been seen overseas with any of his wives, though he was believed to have been accompanied by the woman suspected of being his fourth wife on visits to China and Russian Federation, yet it was never announced officially. The North's official media omitted Kim's reported comments opening dialogue with the United States that were carried in Chinese state media.

KCNA/via REUTERSNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.

South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, center, Cho Yoon-je, the South Korean Ambassador to the USA, right, and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, left, make an announcement about North Korea and the Trump administration outside the White House.

The report also sheds light on a banquet held that evening, where officials from the two sides are seen watching footage of Kim's father and grandfather visiting China, with scenes of the leaders of the two countries hugging their "traditional blood allies".

The talks follow the summit earlier this week between Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Reuters/Kevin LamarqueUS President Donald Trump speaks in front of his Trump Tower residence.

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