Trump says ‘very happy’ with progress in North Korea talks

Trump says ‘very happy’ with progress in North Korea talks

The accounts of internal administration dynamics come from conversations with a half-dozen White House aides, State Department officials and diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive negotiations.

Following Mr. Trump's historic summit with Kim last month, Graham told CBS News that China's goal of driving the USA out of Asia is accomplished if the US withdraws its forces from the region.

Seoul appears to be persuading Washington to accept Pyongyang's demand for declaring an end to the war to further proceed with denuclearization talks, but it carries a risk of creating a crack in the Seoul-Washington alliance, he said. "Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia", he said.

Since early this year, concerns have persisted that Seoul's push for an increase in cross-border exchanges could contribute to an unraveling of the sanctions regime, which analysts said has helped Pyongyang change its calculus on its nuclear program.

According to Yonhap, the North is growing frustrated with what it sees as a lack of progress towards a peace agreement.

But longtime human rights activist Suzanne Scholte, president of the Defense Forum Foundation, said she eventually came around to seeing the summit as part of a long-term process, after taking some time to adjust to the Trump-Kim meeting.

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North Korean media on Monday criticized Seoul for not putting "active efforts" into declaring an end to the Korean War and the USA for delaying the process, in an editorial carried by online outlet the Arirang-Meari. A United States official told CNN that Washington is expecting the return of the first group of remains on July 27, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which paused the Korean War and established the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas to this day.

The North, however, kept US defense officials waiting for three hours before calling to cancel, the diplomats said.

"This would make it hard for them to actively rejoin the US' maximum pressure campaign, including Trump's renewed economic sanctions on North Korea, not to mention support United States military action". Trump met North Korea's leader in Singapore in June.

Less than six weeks after the summit between the USA and North Korea in Singapore, Washington is reportedly growing impatient with the pace of talks on denuclearization, while Pyongyang has accused Washington of making "gangster-like, unilateral demands". The North Koreans understand what that means. "The process is moving along", he tweeted.

China, its biggest trading partner, enforced sanctions strictly in the second half of 2017, hurting North Korea's manufacturing sector.

"Improving relations with North Korea by itself does not do anything to change [human rights] unless there's some fundamental changes in other areas", King told UPI in a recent interview.

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