North Korea 'military reshuffle' raises eyebrows in Seoul

06 June, 2018, 03:50 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Bashar al Assad and Kim Jong-un

At the April 27 summit between the two Koreas, some observers commented on the unusual sight of members of North Korea's top military brass saluting South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

"There would be a denuclearization roadmap coming out of the summit with Trump, and it would be burdensome for Kim to have hawks who could be agitated by any desertion of the nuclear program", said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior fellow at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

The White House has been tight-lipped about Trump's preparations for the summit. "Putting some sanctions relief on the table early might be necessary for the us to incentivize further action by North Korea", she said.

But Ri and the two other generals who reportedly were promoted to top positions - No Kwang Chol and Kim Su Gil - have been seen at major party and military events with the North's leader over the past two years, according to 38 North, a website that closely follows North Korean affairs.

It was unclear when the changes were carried out, but plans to replace Kim Jong Gak were reported in the North Korean media last month, Yonhap said.

"Discussions have been very positive, and significant progress has been made", Sanders said.

Regarding summit preparations, an advance USA team is in Singapore to make final protocol arrangements, and is set to stay there until the summit, according to the White House.

Trump immediately announced that the summit was back on for June 12 in Singapore.

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Trump last week said he no longer wanted to use that term and indicated that he was willing to embark on a lengthy series of talks that would ease pressure on the regime. "But if you try to overload this and try to resolve all these things at once, I think you're just setting things up for failure".

The Singapore government has said police would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would be prohibited in the area.

Responding to a question on "maximum pressure" policy on North Korea, the press secretary said the United States policy towards Pyongyang has not changed.

Schumber added: "We're all hoping the president will succeed in rooting for peace".

But Seoul officials' caution appears due in part to the little time remaining before the June 12 Singapore meeting and expectations that a declaration would be largely symbolic.

There have been fears that tensions will burst over into full-out war between North Korea and its western allies.

The IAEA team is preparing to resume inspection of nuclear facilities in North Korea and is said to be ready to leave for the country "within weeks".

"There's a strong belief within North Korea ... that if only the United States would stop its hostility then North Korea would be safe, no one else would interfere", Hoare said.

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