Long a dream of Koreans on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border, a peace treaty that finally ends the 68-year-old (and still counting) Korean War is now being hinted at by President Donald Trump ahead of his summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he will know "within the first minute" of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on November 30.
"If it's hard for the US ... to continue pushing 'maximum pressure, ' " Kotani said of Trump's campaign of sanctions and diplomacy meant to bring the North to the negotiating table, "then Japan should continue to verify the commitment of the worldwide community on behalf of Washington". And if I think it won't happen, I'm not gonna waste my time - I don't want to waste his time. North Korea "has numerous facilities involved in the development, production, and testing of nuclear weapons and missiles, some of them located at the known nuclear complex at Yongbyon, but many located at undeclared sites elsewhere in the DPRK".
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SBS News spoke to members of Australia's Korean community and others with a connection to North Korea about their hopes for the summit.
"I'm glad to say that as of now, it's all systems go", he said.
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Mr Ferguson said he had noticed a rapid increase in the level of interest from Australians about North Korea and that it has coincided with more diplomatic activity.
"Nobody started talking about a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump until we suggested it at the Olympics", Alan added, referring to their appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February. But I also believe that Trump can and should explain to Kim that his regime will never be fully respected unless it improves on human rights and accounts for Japanese citizens kidnapped over the years. We've had hawkish policies, we've had sanctions and so on, they don't work.
The upcoming meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, the White House confirmed.
Singapore was selected as the host site because it has significant experience in staging major worldwide events. "But I feel really confident", Trump told reporters.
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017. "I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside", the president said. Glor will also lead Special Reports for coverage on the summit, and contribute to CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 streaming news service.
Matt Kulesza with two North Korean students. Their appearance comes days before a summit between the real leaders in the city-state.
The U.S. leader was overall optimistic about the summit with Kim.