Trump, Moon to meet in Washington, discuss nuke diplomacy

The summit between the leaders of the US and South Korea comes amid stalemated North Korean nuclear talks

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) with US President Donald Trump

The US President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House for a summit amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. According to White House's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Moon and Trump are scheduled to hold talks 11 April in Washington to "discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) as well as bilateral matters."

The face-to-face talks will take place a little more than a month after Trump held his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi. The talks fell apart over disagreements on exchanging sanctions relief for steps toward the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Though the summit ended abruptly, the White House has maintained the leaders left on good terms.

"There's obviously a long ways to go. There's more work to do. Chairman Kim hasn't yet demonstrated that he is prepared to fulfill the commitment that he made. But I continue to believe that hard work and diplomatic effort may well get us there," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last Thursday.

Senior officials from Pyongyang, however, have been less optimistic. Choe Son-hui, one of North Korea's top diplomats, told reporters on a recent trip to Russia that her country was even considering suspending talks for good. In addition, North Korea has started to rapidly rebuilding some of its partially disassembled missile test facilities, which experts claim that might be a preparation to restart long-range rocket launches if nuclear diplomacy completely collapses.

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