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Here's what we don't know about Kim Jong Un and Trump meeting

Here's what we don't know about Kim Jong Un and Trump meeting

President Donald Trump indicated that the U.S.is open to the idea of talks.

North and South Korea, where the United States stations 28,500 troops, are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire, not a truce.

The president, anxious to get the word out about his potential meeting with Kim, personally alerted reporters Thursday night that a major announcement from the South Koreans was coming.

"I think the fears of wages getting out of control in this point in the cycle. were squashed", she said.

"He'll do what is easy, he won't read a one-sheet on North Korea, he won't figure out how the United States has been fooled the past four presidents have been fooled, since 1994, or the past three presidents", Scarborough said.

North Korean reps have actually met with former U.S. officials in Mongolia recently as the two countries initiated preliminary meetings.

Chung had recently returned from Pyongyang, where he met Kim personally. A personal meeting would have been all but unthinkable when Trump was being dismissed as a "senile dotard" and the Korean "rocket man" was snapping off weapons tests in his quest for a nuclear arsenal that could threaten the USA mainland.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul.

In the following October, a high-ranking DPRK military official, Jo Myong Rok, travelled to Washington as Kim Jong Il's envoy and met with Clinton, pledging Pyongyang's will to improve relations.

But the Americans also know from past experience that North Korea's language is very specific.

"He can't even make a deal with a porn star", Brzezinski replied, in reference to a nondisclosure agreement between Trump and adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

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He agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests during the negotiations and not to object when the United States and South Korea hold military exercises this spring.

Why has North Korea done this now?

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White House officials said the Trump-Kim session, if it happens, would be more of a preliminary meeting than a negotiating session.

That explains why China never took the ultimate step of stopping oil from flowing into North Korea, maintaining the lifeline that fuels the economy and army, and keeps the regime in place.

The comments were made at Monday's meeting between the North Korean leader and a Southern delegation which had travelled to Pyongyang to discuss expanding ties between the two nations.

Just a few hours earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is travelling in Africa, had said the adversaries were still a long way from holding negotiations. "We just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it", he said on Thursday.

What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way. "It was a surprise to us that he was so forward-leaning", he said.

Analysts noted that previous sit-downs with North Korean leaders have not led to lasting change. As Pyongyang continues to be slapped with sanctions and existing measures are implemented more thoroughly, their economy can only be expected to suffer more greatly. And there's always the risk that North Korea interprets its newfound respect as reward for its brazen (and still illegal) pursuit of nuclear weapons. Civilian defectors have claimed the already small daily rations were slashed, while wildlife previously relied on for food has been destroyed by nuclear testing.

Trump has previously ridiculed Kim as "Little Rocket Man", slapping wide-ranging bilateral sanctions on the Pyongyang regime and also leading a drive for global sanctions through the UN. "In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain".

New US sanctions were announced this week due to evidence Pyongyang used a banned chemical agent in the successful assassination of the dictator's half-brother.

Miller, now a vice president at the Wilson Center in Washington, said the nature of "combustible personas" like Trump and Kim makes any meeting risky and unpredictable.