South and North Korea to Hold Meeting for Peace on May 16

Roh Jae-cheon, spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the South's military has seen signs that the North is conducting "preparatory work" so that it can carry out its plans to shut down its northeastern testing ground. The envoys aimed to discuss cooperation between the two regimes during the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

Japanese broadcaster NHK showed images of officials leaving the VIP area of the Chinese capital's airport.

Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, said it is still too early to tell what will be accomplished in the first meeting between Trump and Kim.

North Korea and South Korea agreed on Tuesday to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16 to discuss steps needed to uphold the pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

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-North Korea summit talks. According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the North has resisted a request by the United States to relocate thousands of North Korean nuclear engineers-a move to assure the North can not restart nuclear development in the future.

The report comes a week after Kim made his second trip to China in less than two months to again meet with President Xi Jinping.

"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement", Thae said.

John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, also said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that the DPRK should not "look for economic aid from us".

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As reported by the Yonhap news agency on Monday, Thae Yong-ho a former London-based North Korean diplomat expressed doubts over the possibility of a complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID)" of the North and stresses that verification will be key.

Pompeo said the U.S. would "work with them to develop infrastructure, all the things that the North Korean people need, the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives".

So the likely scenario would be, according to Thae, Pyongyang would agree to SVID instead-sufficient, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization-by downsizing its nuclear stockpile.

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He further claimed that North Korea wishes to become a nuclear weapons state under the shield of officially being recognised as a denuclearised state.

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