North And South Korean Leaders Meet To Discuss Rescuing Summit With Trump
U. S. sending advance team to Singapore just in case
It seems that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un doesn’t know what to make of President Trump. Instead of caving to threats and insults from the Little Rocket Man, as Trump has branded North Korea’s leader, Trump decided instead to cancel the proposed Singapore summit scheduled on June 12. Following this announcement, North Korea blinked, stating that it did still want to meet with Trump.
Now, reports indicate that North and South Korea held a “surprise” meeting to discuss salvaging the Singapore summit with Trump.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly held a surprise meeting at the DMZ. https://t.co/peV2RdU4Sc
— Axios (@axios) May 26, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a surprise meeting Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss salvaging the canceled June 12 summit between Mr. Kim and President Trump, Mr. Moon’s office said.
The two leaders met for two hours on the North Korean side of the “truce village” of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas, said Mr. Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan.
They “had a frank exchange of views on the implementation of the April 27 summit agreement and for the successful holding of the North Korea-United States summit,” Mr. Yoon said.
Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim had held their own first-ever meeting in the DMZ on April 27.
The surprise meeting Saturday came roughly 12 hours after Mr. Trump tweeted Friday night that the U.S. was again having “very productive talks” with North Korean officials that could lead to a resumption of the June 12 summit in Singapore.
. . . . Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, said the Kim-Moon meeting on Saturday raises “a very strong possibility a U.S.-North Korea summit could be back on very soon.”
“Moon is most likely acting as a bridge to both sides—and could very well save the summit,” Mr. Kazianis said.
The White House is also in talks with North Korea about reinstating the summit and is sending an advance team to Singapore to prepare for the summit should it take place.
The White House is still planning to send a team to Singapore in case a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un happens after all.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that a “pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place.”
. . . . The last time two weeks ago that a White House delegation traveled in advance of the planned summit they were stood up by their North Korean counterparts.
. . . . The surprise meeting between the North and South Korean leaders on Saturday, held in a village on the north side of their shared border, was to exchange opinions about holding a successful summit between Kim and President Trump and on how to implement steps that Kim and Moon agreed to in their last meeting on April 27, the South Korean president’s office said.
It is unknown whether North Korea requested the meeting first, but sources told ABC News it was arranged in the morning. Moon is to announce details of the meeting at a press conference on Sunday, according to his office.
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Kim’s a little nervous, and we can’t blame him. Once the North Koreans find out about Ring-Dings and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, he might have to run for his life.
I have read that this on-again-off-again dance is really a trade battle between the U.S. and China. It makes sense if you look at Little Rocket Man as a Chinese puppet. When Kim backed out, Trump initiated “possible” trade sanctions against China. When Kim comes back to the table, those will probably go away. What do you think, Fuzzy?
I think China is definitely involved in all this; they could care less if NoKo has nukes or not and are worried about trade with the U. S. I think, though and since you asked, that Trump is just using all the players on the field to achieve various ends. Some sort of peace on the Korean peninsula would be a gigantic feather in his cap, as would almost any NoKo concessions on nukes . . . that he can get China to help due to their trade (and other) concerns is a bonus. Trump has also been stepping in to stop China/Chinese businesses from buying up tech components, stealing intellectual property, and the like, so China is playing ball on NoKo for now. China’s involvement, however, doesn’t undermine the threat that NoKo poses to our allies (and ourselves if the Little Rocket Man goes full postal).
Thanks for that excellent analysis, Fuzzy. Chinese – and Japanese before them – theft of intellectual property has been a pet peeve of mine for many decades. I’m not talking about Hollywood movies and music CDs here, I’m talking about technical inventions and manufacturing methods.
An example related to your screen name: I knew the owner of the company that first invented “Fuzzy Dice”. The company was was Decofelt, in Glendora, CA. That company started out selling those little felt dots that you stick under table lamps or ashtrays to protect your furniture. The owner bought a punch press and started punching them out in his garage and sticking them on cards – you still see them for sale in supermarkets, only now they’re made in China. Anyway, as the company grew, they started making foam products as well. One day, one of the employees took some scrap cubes of foam and stuck felt dots on them as if they were dice. He hung a pair of them on a string over his rear view mirror. They really caught on with the hot-rod set. The boss thought they would sell so the company started making them. Within a few months, the Japanese had stolen the idea and sold them in the U.S. for half the price. They did the same with those foam “leis” that this same company invented back in the sixties. The U.S. should have put a stop to this kind of theft of intellectual property sixty years ago, but they never did.
…and, of course, I’m sure you recall the story of the old ladies from Ohio who invented “icicle lights”…
Hard to say if this SK/NK summit is progress or just another layer of North Korea’s historical practice of playing games.
The only thing left is how the media will spin this against Trump.
Let me try. Ahem. North and South Korean diplomats met today, attempting to undo some of the uncertainty that has been dragged into the peace process by Donald Trump’s abrupt declarations and announcements. Despite Trump’s interference and bluster, it is possible that the two Koreas will manage to salvage this sensitive diplomatic process and bring peace to this troubled region.
There we go. Nice and spun the way they like it, with no bearing on reality.
“how the media will spin this against Trump…”
You mean, ” how the democrat media will spin this against Trump.”
And who cares, anyway?
Enough of us know what’s going on, and the democrat media, by continuing to lie and generally be pathologically obnoxious, has relegated itself into irrelevance as far as we’re concerned.
the ChiComs do NOT want the DPRK to collapse, sending a wave of starving peasants north. they also likely do not want a reunified, free Korea on their border, lest their own peasants get restive.
as for Whoa Fat, he pulled out the standard Nork negotiating playlist, forgetting that his arms are too short to box with the G*d Emperor.
the news stories released by the journalists in the DPRK for the demo of the test site said the news came as a complete shock to their handlers, and that they were worried by the turn of events.
President Trump is a disruptive force for good.
I think Kim should be allowed to stew for weeks, maybe more. That will soften him up.