Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea next week

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo will visit North Korea next week in a bid to press forward with the Trump administration’s efforts to secure the country’s denuclearisation, according to four people familiar with his plans.

The visit will be the first senior level face-to-face contact since US president Donald Trump met leader Kim Jong Un in an unprecedented summit earlier this month.… Be Informed

200 families separated by Korean War to be reunited next month

Euronews: Two hundred family members separated by the decades-long Korean War will take part in emotional reunions next month, South Korea said Friday — the latest breakthrough in North Korea’s diplomatic thaw.

The families will be briefly reunited August 20-26 at a resort in Mount Kumgang, or “Diamond Mountain,” in North Korea, the South’s Unification Ministry announced after talks.… Be Informed

Trump declares that North Korea still poses an extraordinary threat

The Guardian: Donald Trump has declared that North Korea still poses an “extraordinary threat” to the United States, just days after saying that the country’s nuclear program no longer constituted a danger.

In an executive order on Friday, the president extended for one year the so-called “national emergency” with respect to the nuclear-armed nation, re-authorizing economic restrictions against it.

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Insight – The Singapore Summit in five points

The Summit between American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was an anticipated event, although one that was met by scepticism by some of those in the foreign policy community.

Matthew Bugeja  who through Bugeja Geo Political Consulting, heads the GeoPolitical advisory arm of Diplomatique.Expert gives his insight and perspectives on the summit.… Be Informed

Venue for US – North Korea summit set

CNN reports that the White House Press Secretary announced that the summit between the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will be the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

Delegations from the US and North Korea met four times last week at the Capella Hotel to hash out the logistics of the summit, with setting an appropriate venue for the summit at the top of the agenda.

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Kim Jong-Un committed to complete denuclearisation – Moon Jae In

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In said that the North Korean President Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to ‘complete’ the denuclearisation process in the Korean peninsula. He is also committed towards a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump.

A surprise summit between the leaders of the two Koreas took place on Saturday.… Be Informed

US – North Korea Summit : On again, Off again, On Again, perhaps!

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that it was possible a planned summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned, just a day after he canceled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.”
The President said lines of communication had opened between the two countries after officials said Thursday that the North Koreans had become unresponsive, leading to the planned summit’s cancellation.… Be Informed

“The Singapore summit (between the US and North Korea), for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.” – Donald Trump

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The BBC and CNN amongst others, reported that the planned summit between US President Donald Trump North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not happen.

Claiming that it would be inappropriate to have it happen at this time, Trump confirmed the summit, which had been scheduled to take place in Singapore on 12 June, would not now take place.… Be Informed

South Korean President to meet US counterpart at White House

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South Korean President Moon’s meeting with US counterpart Trump at the White House on Tuesday is going to be a crucial test of whether the two presidents will make history or see their plans fizzle out.

The two are slated to hold a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with only their translators, followed by a nearly 90-minute expanded meeting with additional staffers, according to an administration official.… Be Informed