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Hopes Dwindle For North Korea Meeting, Southern Primary Results, Olympics Scandal

Hopes Dwindle For North Korea Meeting, Southern Primary Results, Olympics Scandal

The development came hours after President Donald Trump met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington seeking to keep the highly anticipated summit between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on track.

A small group of worldwide journalists have been invited to watch the demolition.

"There are certain conditions we want to happen". As he welcomed Moon in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that it will be great if his meeting with Kim occured as scheduled, but if did not, it will take place later.

President Trump sounded a lot less optimistic on Tuesday when asked about plans for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Instead, it has become more of a crisis session after Pyongyang last week threatened to pull out of the planned summit. -South Korean military exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal.

Trump said that while the U.S.is still preparing to sit down with Kim - and even offer him protection in exchange for ramping down the North Korean nuclear program - he acknowledged that things could change.

Punggye-ri has been the site for all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September past year, which Pyongyang said was a Hydrogen bomb.

Eight journalists from South Korea departed for rival North Korea on Wednesday after the North allowed them to join the small group of foreign media in the country to witness the dismantling of its nuclear test site this week, Seoul officials said.

Lu said China had played a positive role on the Korean peninsula, after Trump reiterated his suggestion that Kim's recent meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping had influenced Kim to harden his stance ahead of the summit.

Technical experts have not been invited to the decommissioning of the site, raising further questions whether the gesture is for show.

There was euphoria when the planned summit with the US was announced but since then there have been doubts on both sides.

They reported that they were leaving their hotel in the coastal city of Wonsan at about 5.30pm local time. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests at its Punggye-ri site, the first in 2006.

From there they are expected to travel for some 20 hours up the east coast by train and bus to the remote test site - a vivid illustration of the impoverished country's notoriously decrepit transport infrastructure. But Kim Ye-seul, a nutritionist in her early thirties, said she didn't feel North Korea should be made to abandon its nuclear weapons.

"To many people, it looks as if the South Korean government is simply agreeing to every North Korean demand and defectors here are very nervous", he said.

"They are here of their own free will - but if any of them are sent back to the North then there is a very high likelihood that they will be killed", said Song, who is also a professor at the Center for Global Creation and Collaboration at Seoul's Sangmyung University.

The North had declined to accept the list of South Korean reporters for days without providing any reason or explanation, giving rise to speculation that the foot-dragging might have to do with somewhat cooled relations between the two Koreas after the North's abrupt cancellation of inter-Korean talks scheduled for last week.

Moon told Trump in their private talks that there was no need to doubt North Korea's will to hold a summit, a South Korean government spokesman told reporters. "You haven't been listening to us, '" said Paul Carroll, senior adviser at nuclear risk-reduction group N Square.

"You never know about deals", he said.

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