What does "denuclearization" mean for North Korea?

After weeks of negotiations about where and when to host a proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in addition to the return of three Americans detained in North Korea, and at least two direct conversations between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim, Mr. Trump tweeted the final date and place for the summit with Kim: June 12 in Singapore.

Asked if he has any concerns that the talks will fall through and President Trump will want to resort to military action, Hayden said he wouldn't blame the president for that scenario, but he does bear responsibility for the structure of the meeting.

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Albeit after most of the rest of the world had already seen the news — of Kim's summit with China's President Xi Jinping and later his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the south side of the Demilitarized Zone, in April.

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Trump offers Kim Jong Un 'protections' in exchange for deal on nukes

President Donald Trump Thursday offered "protections" to Kim Jong Un if the North Korean dictator agrees to strike a deal with the U.S. whereby Kim would give up his nuclear weapons but also warned about potentially severe consequences if such a deal cannot be reached.

“I have a feeling, however, that for various reasons, maybe including trade, because they've never had this problem before -- China has never had this problem with us -- it could very well be that he's influencing Kim Jong Un,” referring to China's President Xi.

DW -
Trump promises 'strong' protections for denuclearized North Korea

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday said North Korea would get "very strong" protections if it were to give up its nuclear weapons. He said the deal he was looking at would protect North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich," Trump said.

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Fox News -
Trump: US dealing with North Korea 'as though nothing happened'

President Trump told reporters Thursday that the United States is dealing with North Korea “as though nothing happened” after the totalitarian nation threatened to cancel next month’s planned summit if the U.S. raises the issue of denuclearization. "They’re dealing with us, we’re dealing with them, they’re working out times and meeting places and everything,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

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President Trump on Thursday reassured North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that he would remain in power under a nuclear deal with the United States, emphasizing that his administration is not seeking regime change amid threats from Pyongyang to cancel the upcoming leaders’ summit.

By contrast, Trump added, a deal with North Korea “would be with Kim Jong Un, something where he’d be there, he’d be in his country, he’d be running his country, his country would be very rich, his country would be very industrious.”

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President Donald Trump and his team have a daunting to-do list to work through as they prepare for next month's expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

When North Korea objected to Mr. Trump's preferred choice of the demilitarized zone on the border between North and South Korea, the U.S. countered with Singapore. Some White House officials also opposed the DMZ choice, believing the optics on Korean rapprochement would distract from the focus on denuclearization.

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