Russian Federation enters diplomatic dance with North Korea over nuclear weapons

South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo

South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo knows first-hand what is at stake should US-North Korean peace talks fail

"If the US-North Korean summit would be held without sufficient preparations and ending up in major failure, then it's going to be a huge cost which will have to be borne by all of the countries in this region".

Concerned about the impact that the continued uncertainty over the summit coupled with the North's destruction of its main nuclear test facility might have on the public, the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea has issued directives regarding the North-South meeting, the North-U.S. summit, and Punggye-ri, said a source from North Hamgyong province who declined to be named. It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.

"Most North Koreans have reacted positively to the recent North-South summit, plans for a North-U.S. summit, and the removal of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site removal because they can expect possible economic reform", he said, referring to a hope that harsh worldwide sanctions placed on the regime in response to its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches may now be eased.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice-Chairman of the ruling DPRK council Kim Yong Chol launched day two of talks in NY following a 90-minute private dinner on Wednesday night that officials have been tight-lipped about.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in NY for a working dinner Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong-un's closest aides.

Lavrov and his North Korean counterpart will discuss bilateral ties, North Korea's nuclear program and other key global problems, the foreign ministry said. The two planned a "day full of meetings" Thursday, the White House said. Instead, the officials said, it brought both sides to the table with increasing seriousness, as they work through myriad logistical and policy decisions to keep June 12 a viable option for the summit. The last official of his stature to visit the United States was Jo Myong Rok, the late first vice chairman of the National Defence Commission, who visited Washington in 2000, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7 to co-ordinate their thinking ahead of the summit.

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