On US-North Korea talks, China may hold the cards


North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site on May 23-25, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said the United States would be "prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends". To the USA, that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built.

The two men exchanged fiery rhetoric previous year over North Korea's attempts to build a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States but tensions have since calmed considerably. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. This will not come cheap; Pyongyang will insist on significant US concessions.

Trump's announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a USA military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim.

Kang says there must be "airtight" coordination between South Korea and the USA ahead of President Donald Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim.

So far, the North Korean regime has made vague pledges to "denuclearize" but has not spelled out what that means, when it would happen or how it would be implemented.

Tokyo says at least 17 of its citizens were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. But the buoyant mood in Dandong is a reminder that China, as North Korea's main trade partner, can decide how strictly to enforce the global sanctions against it.

When Trump and Kim do sit down, the two relatively untested leaders will be presented with a puzzle that has stymied seasoned diplomats for decades. However, Seoul hopes to keep the troops, which have been stationed in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1956.

Abe is expected to ask Trump to push North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to address the long-standing issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s, the sources said.

Trump and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke by phone a day after the United States president announced the date and location for his historic summit with Kim.

North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong-chul, director of the country's United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Mr. Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that North Korea had "perfected" it nuclear capability. She said desirable studios with a view of the Yalu River, fitted with imported kitchen equipment, were selling for about $100,000, twice what they fetched when they went on the market two weeks ago. Then, North Korea takes down their nuclear reactors.