"President Moon, a longtime rights activist, should commit South Korea to making human rights a priority in all its dealings with Kim - and urge the U.S. to do the same".
Taking to Twitter, he said: "China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made".
Trump attributes the shift in part to the influence of the Chinese, saying last week that he thinks the North Korean posture changed after Kim's recent visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, the Times reports that there is no indication that Trump is considering pulling out of the Singapore summit. Several diplomats who know Bolton have told me they believe Bolton was purposefully trying to sabotage the prospect for peace when he remarked last month that the denuclearization of North Korea should follow the "Libya model"-a 2003 disarmament agreement that left Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi vulnerable to a 2011 NATO bombing campaign that ended with his death".
The release of the coin comes ahead of a visit to Washington Tuesday by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who will meet with Trump. "We offered concessions to the North Korean regime in exchange for promises to end their nuclear weapons program, only to see them break those promises and abandon them", he said.
According to the Times, Bolton has told Trump that he should push Kim to give up his entire nuclear arsenal and infrastructure before lifting economic sanctions, a precondition that most analysts view as wildly unrealistic.
Trump is said to be ill-prepared for the summit and anxious it could blow up in his face as an embarrassment.
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"Kim Jong Un coming out to talks is not an act of one-way surrender, but a movement to adjust mutual interests", said Lee Jong-Seok, now at the pro-engagement Sejong Institute outside Seoul.
Kelly tweeted: "The Moon Administration overstated North Korea's willingness to deal". On the other hand, China wants to avoid drawing North Korea closer to the US and South Korea, exacerbating its own security concerns. The North Korean regime, however, remembers what happened afterward: Gadhafi was overthrown and brutally killed by his opponents.
He added: "Moon likely exaggerated this to tie Trump to a diplomatic track to prevent him from backsliding into last year's war-threats which scared the daylights out of South Koreans". It was Moon's government that delivered the initial invitation from Kim for a meeting, and South Korea has been pushing the US toward a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis.
He has not been deeply engaged in briefing materials on North Korea's nuclear program, said three people with knowledge of the White House efforts.
Trump has warned in the past that the summit might not take place or that he could walk out if it looked like a deal was not possible.
The North's official media slammed the drills again on Tuesday. The United States and South Korea, on the other hand, have insisted the drills are purely for defense purposes, and part of their 1953 mutual defense agreement. Trump is apparently starting to conclude that Moon overpromised on the North's readiness to deal, which may be true.
Jane Nakano, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Trump administration could contribute to that.