As North Korea Talks With China, South Korea and Japan, Could Bolton Derail Denuclearization Progress?

The leaders of North and South Korea announced that they will hold a historic meeting on April 27, coming together for talks for the first time in more than a decade. The news comes after Kim Jong-un’s surprise trip to China this week to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he reportedly said he was willing to give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim is due to meet sometime soon with President Trump, although a date has not been set for that summit. It would be the first-ever meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. We speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism.

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AMY GOODMAN: It’s official. The leaders of North and South Korea announced today they’ll hold a historic meeting April 27th, coming together for talks for the first time in more than a decade. The landmark meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will be held at Freedom House on the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone.

The news comes after Kim’s surprise trip to China this week to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in his first foreign trip since taking office in 2011 and his first meeting with another head of state. During the four-day trip, the two leaders discussed denuclearization, with Kim reportedly saying he was willing to give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim also invited President Xi to visit Pyongyang, North Korea.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted, “Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!”

Kim is due to meet sometime soon with President Trump, although a date has not yet been set for that summit. It would be the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. A recent poll shows two-thirds of Americans…

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