Kim Jong Un desperately wants to sign a peace treaty with President Trump after their one-on-one meeting, and he'll also invite the United States to build an embassy in the hermit kingdom, South Korea media is reporting.
"Kim is likely to raise the possibility of a peace treaty, along with establishing diplomatic relations and nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the U.S. leader, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday," Bloomberg News reported.
North Korea and the U.S. have been in a standoff for more than 60 years. The Korean War ended not with their surrender, but instead an "armistice," which is nothing more than a truce. The U.S. has kept a large military force in South Korea ever since.
Koh Yu-hwan, who teaches North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, told Bloomberg that “the U.S. wants a peace treaty at the end of the denuclearization process, while for the North, it’s the precondition for its denuclearization.”
And if a peace treaty can be arranged, North Korea wants the U.S. to open an embassy in the nation.
Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "promised dismantlement of his country’s nuclear weapons program — not merely a freeze — when he met with South Korean envoys last week in Pyongyang, multiple government sources told the JoongAng Ilbo on Sunday."
“Kim expressed willingness for denuclearization, which includes not only a nuclear freeze but also dismantlement,” said one source familiar with the talks. “Now is the moment where we have to wait and see if the North will actually start the process of dismantling its nuclear program.”
U.S. officials said there will be no concessions to North Korea in advance of a planned summit between Trump and Kim, which could come by May. "Make no mistake about it, while these negotiations are going on, there will be no concession made," Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday."
At a campaign rally for Republican candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Trump criticized his predecessors “This should have been handled 30 years ago. ... Obama would not have done it, neither would Bush, neither would Clinton.”
And he was also cautious about whether a summit will actually take place. "Who knows what's going to happen? It could happen, it couldn’t happen. I may leave fast, or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world and for all of these countries, including, frankly, North Korea, and that's what I hope happens."
He also praised his own actions in bringing about the planned summit. “A lot of people thought we were going to war. Now North Korea is saying they want to denuclearize. That’s what we do — we handle things."