April 12, 2018 09:45
U.S. and North Korean officials are fine-tuning the agenda for a bilateral summit and are likely to agree on venue and dates as early as next week.
A source in Washington said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump will ask North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to dismantle his nuclear program in six months to a year.
Trump opposes the "phased and simultaneous denuclearization" proposed by Pyongyang, the source added. The phased approach preferred by previous U.S. administrations from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama failed to achieve any progress as North Korea habitually reneged on promises.
Trump's national security team believes that this made it more difficult to find a solution, and Trump is determined to achieve denuclearization in the shortest time possible. He may even demand that North Korea dismantle its nuclear weapons before this year ends, a diplomatic source in Washington said.
Katina Adams, the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told Voice of America that the Trump administration is not interested in any negotiations that would allow the North to earn time.
She added Washington will continue to exert maximum pressure on Pyongyang until it denuclearizes, but a brighter road will lie ahead if it does.
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