President Donald Trump was excited about the release of three American detainees and looking ahead to his summit with Kim Jong-un.Trump says diplomatic progress followed talks with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and China.
So the relationships we have with Prime Minister Abe, President Moon, President Xi, I think it all goes into what is taking place right now,and we very much look forward to having the meeting between the United States and North Korea and that will be announced over the next couple of days as to timing.
While releasing American detainees builds goodwill, experts say the two sides remain far apart.So we have a long way to go in trying to turn this diplomatic opening with the Northinto something that’s sustainable could be a durable peace and could lead to nuclear disarmament.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim and to bring the Americans home.Kim Jong-un is trying to build goodwill ahead of the summit, says Expert Daryl Kimball.
I think what is going to matter is what the two men accomplished in their meeting,what kind of structured diplomatic process this summit launches.There is a lot to be done before we start celebrating.I think President Trump has begun celebrating a little too early.Experts caution that the hard work of diplomatic negotiations has barely begun.
Cindy Saine, VOA News, the State Department