North Korea Will Not Agree to Denuclearization — CIA Analysis

US officials are in Panmunjom village at the demilitarised zone for discussions on a possible Kim Trump summit

It looks like the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un may be a go after all.

"This morning, Trump tweeted that Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers" Party of Korea Central Committee, is "heading now to NY".

Trump's aides will soon assess whether Kim Jong Un is willing to take serious steps before making a final decision on whether to go ahead with the summit, the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Kim Yong Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY.

On Tuesday, Trump said North Korea had a "solid response" to his letter, the latest sign the summit may be back on.

Last Thursday, the president canceled the June 12 meeting in a letter sent to the North Korea leader because of what he said was "tremendous anger and open hostility" contained in a NOK statement but left the door open for further dialogue.

He also accompanied Kim Jong-un on both of his recent trips to China to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he traveled to Pyongyang.

The planned June 12 Singapore rendezvous between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un might yet happen.

It's unclear how the New York, Singapore and DMZ meetings will differ from each other.

South Korean Yonhap News yesterday said it saw Kim Yong-chol's name on the passengers' list for a Tuesday flight from Beijing to Washington.

A summit between Trump and Kim is closer to being back on again.

"Ever since then practically, North Korea, South Korea and the United States have been making very positive moves", Conway said.

When Trump canceled the meeting with North Korea, he cited the government's recent aggressive rhetoric toward the USA and its allies.

However, Kim Jong Un plans to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill, NBC reported.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, is traveling to NY and will meet with Pompeo later this week, said White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders in a statement.

Hecker's blueprint for denuclearization would essentially see the USA manage the risks posed by North Korea's nuclear program while not rushing the rogue state in a way that would make it feel threatened.

General Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party and right-hand man to Kim, will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY on Wednesday or Thursday, officials said.

Trump cited hostile comments from North Korea as the reason he withdrew from the potentially historic summit.

James Brown, an associate professor at the Japan campus of Temple University and expert in North Korean-Russian relations, suggested North Korea was keen to foster previously strong relations with Russia. He is also a vice chair of the communist party that runs North Korea and serves as one of the Kim Jong-un's key advisers.

"Our study of [North Korea's] nuclear program identifies the most important initial steps to take toward denuclearization: no nuclear tests, no intermediate or long-range missile tests, no more production of [plutonium and highly enriched uranium], and no export of nuclear weapons, materials, or tech", Hecker said in a tweet on Tuesday. For veteran observers of the opaque North Korean regime, the speed and intensity of the turnaround was remarkable.

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