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Third U.S.-North Korea summit possible

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/26/19, 09:55 am

North Korean and U.S. officials are engaging in “behind-the-scenes talks” over a possible third summit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday. In a response to reporters, Moon said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump’s exchange of letters this week proves their “willingness to engage in dialogue has never faded.” He added, “Complete denuclearization and a permanent peace regime on the peninsula are tasks that cannot be achieved overnight. I think creating a security environment where Chairman Kim can decisively act on nuclear dismantlement without worries is the fastest way to achieve denuclearization diplomatically.” Kim and Trump have not held any public discussions since the failed summit in Vietnam in February.

When asked on Tuesday whether Kim’s letter to him made mention of another summit, Trump said, “Maybe there was.” Trump is scheduled to take a two-day trip to South Korea after the G-20 summit in Japan on Friday and Saturday.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Clint Williams
    Posted: Wed, 06/26/2019 02:56 pm

    I had to chuckle at Trump's statement, "maybe there was." It struck me as a rather humorous way of saying nothing. But maybe it would be refreshing to see more of this sort of laconic ambiguity from our political figures. Imagine Trump working his way through an entire press conference on a swarm of maybes. Or Robert Mueller, called to testify before congress, simply mumbling and shrugging each question away. Nancy Pelosi might spend an entire news interview staring into space and humming a little tune instead of talking. Those things would all make me smile. Maybe it's because we've reached a point where it seems the only honest politician is a silent one. If they said less, they would certainly lie less. Or maybe it's just me.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 06/26/2019 10:37 pm

    Nope, it’s definitely not just you. Agree 99%. (I’m hedging because Mr. Trump has kept some promises he made to conservatives. And besides, he’s not a “real” politician.)