Trump won't rush North Korea on denuclearization; peace deal possible

Thursday, 28 Feb, 2019

Children at a kindergarten in Hanoi, some in Korean traditional "Hanbok" dress, have been practicing singing and dancing, hoping to show off their talents to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he comes to town this week for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

But the ties that once bound Vietnam to North Korea in their fight against the USA have long since frayed. -North Korea liaison offices.

The war ended in a truce, not a treaty, and the North has long called for a treaty to end it. He might try to learn about Vietnam's development of manufacturing, analysts said.

The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Follow-up talks quickly ran into trouble over USA demands for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, which Pyongyang denounced as unilateral and "gangster like".

While Kim has repeatedly said publicly he is willing to get rid of nuclear arms because he doesn't feel he needs them to secure North Korea, comments on his eye toward the future, and his children's' eventual rule, were never mentioned. And American officials, even as they hint at a relaxed timetable for Pyongyang to account for its full arsenal, have continued to publicly insist they would not ease punishing sanctions on North Korea until denuclearization is complete.

While the United States is demanding North Korea give up all of its nuclear and missile programs, the North wants to see the removal of a US nuclear umbrella for South Korea. "We are not looking to have incremental steps as a key driver of this process".

Trump, via Twitter, has worked to temper those expectations, predicting before leaving for Hanoi a "continuation of the progress" made in Singapore but adding a tantalizing nod to "Denuclearization?"

The dismantling of the complex is expected to be among the key denuclearization steps that the USA and North Korean leaders will likely discuss in Hanoi.

Still, he said he's committed to seeing progress at the Kim-Trump meeting this week.

"The sanctions that prevent countries from conducting trade, creating wealth for North Korea, those sanctions are definitely going to remain in place", he said.

The students learn about North Korea, its leaders, landmarks and culture, lessons that are supplemented by a sister relationship with a kindergarten in Pyongyang with which visits are exchanged each year.

But it's not clear if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sees it that way, as VOA's Bill Gallo reports from Hanoi. "I don't want to rush anybody", he said.

KCNA, referring to United States fears of the North's weapons, said if this week's talks ended without results, "the U.S. people will never be cleared of the security threats that threw them into panic". United Nations monitors have reported that in recent months North Korea has made moves to hide, disperse and protect its weapons.

While some remains have been returned to the United States, little has been achieved on the other points.