Moon to meet with Trump Tuesday

South Korean journalists on Tuesday were excluded from the flight to North Korea as the regime took some 20 journalists from four countries to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear facility. Instead, the meeting is assuming a different tone for Mr. Trump after North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, fired off a string of inflammatory statements against the US last week.

It's not unusual for North Korea's official media to turn to hyperbole to make a point and the rhetorical barrage coincides with a visit to Washington by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"What kind of democracy is that if, on the one hand, Pyongyang and Seoul try to speak about dialogue and cooperation but on the other hand, drills take place aimed at destroying North Korea".

Analysts say Moon will be looking to hold Trump to the diplomatic approach the South Korean leader has championed and invested considerable political capital in, amid heightening skepticism over the talks in Washington.

"President Moon intends to make a fine-tuning of a road map to North Korea's denuclearization with President Trump", Moon Chung-in, a professor at Yonsei University's Institute of Unification Studies, said by email.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearisation. His aides are now looking to Moon to help determine whether Kim is taking a harder line against denuclearization than South Korea had previously communicated to them, a USA official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump's highly anticipated meeting with the North Korean despot was thrown into doubt after incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton angered Pyongyang when he suggested the USA follow a "Libya model" of denuclearisation. Trump suggested last week that Beijing, which Washington is at odds with over trade, may be influencing North Korea's hardened stance.

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GETTYNorth Korea has enjoyed warming relations with South Korea but US tensions remain high

Trump also surprised many by offering Kim an upfront security guarantee, allowing him to stay in power, and suggested that Kim's apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. -North Korean summit by keeping up the economic pressure.

The change in tone from North Korea last week went from that the all-smiles meetings between Kim and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to the regime's chief negotiator Kim Kye Gwan issuing a statement saying he is "totally disappointed" by recent "extremely unjust" comments from USA officials and singling out the American demand that North Korea give up all its nuclear weapons before getting anything in return. This would mean the removal of the United States "nuclear umbrella" over South Korea, not just the unilateral disarmament of North Korea.

North Korea has rejected unilateral disarmament and given no indication that it is willing to go beyond statements of broad support for the concept of universal denuclearisation.

Until mid-May, North Korea had made generous promises to denuclearize, asking for nothing in return. "He's said 'I will sit down personally to avoid a war with North Korea, I'm going to get out of a bad deal with Iran to get a better deal'". Both sides, they said, have a vested interest in a successful meeting.

"If the North-South relations face a grave difficulty again owing to the provocation of human scum, the blame for it will be entirely on the South Korean authorities", the report said. "North Korea is saying things they've never said before, ' but in fact, they're saying the exact same things they've said for 27 years of negotiations".

"It increasingly looks like the Moon administration overstated North Korea's willingness to deal". But he said he was displeased by China's softening of border enforcement measures against North Korea. He's going to run this the way he sees fit.

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