Shifts in South Korea's approach to North Korea

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South Korean companies are exploring ways to invest in North Korea should the country relinquish is nuclear weapons, as Washington signals U.S. firms may also fund projects in the future.

Officials at the North Korean Embassy in Singapore have been tight-lipped since the Southeast Asian city state was chosen as the venue for historic talks between their leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

Experts say Kim also needs to maintain good relations with his country's main patron to back him up as the Trump summit looms.

AMERICA will certainly need to confirm to N. Korea it won't look to get rid of Kim Jong-un, Executive Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indeed suggested that this topic will be dealt with in a positive way.

North Korea watchers speculate that they are making the visit to discuss economic cooperation in a follow-up to the two recent North Korea-China summits.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Terrapin Farm according to this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 19, 2015.

On top of good political ties with both Trump and North Korea, Singapore is also known as one of the top three financial hubs in the world, the first two being London and NY.

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Both subsequent regimes believed they would eventually take over all of Korea, and border skirmishes were common in the ensuing years until June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces poured over the parallel and almost toppled the South Korean government.

"I think Chairman Kim understands that".

"Through these high-level talks we will negotiate and implement measures to carry out the Panmunjom Declaration and build sustainable development for inter-Korean relations and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula", the ministry said. In 2000, toward the end of the Bill Clinton administration, the North invited then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Pyongyang, but negotiations fell apart after the change in U.S. administration.

Kennedy said US and South Korean diplomacy might be pushing Kim Jong Un to reduce his country's isolation. Imprisoned American citizens Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song and Kim Dong-chul will return to the US alongside Pompeo, according to Trump's tweet. Seoul and Washington too had suspended their annual military exercises, to reassure North Korea of their intentions.

Though the summit is expected to happen in Singapore on 12 June 2018, final details are yet to emerge and a cancellation remains a very real possibility. North Korea has made false signals before to get sanctions lifted only to return to its saber rattling.

For instance, Kim's foremost interest is to secure his regime's survival through extracting major concessions from a seemingly united world.

Whether a Trump-Kim summit produces something different remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Bolton is announcing that he's prepared to push for trade sanctions against American allies if they trade with Iran.

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