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Japan and South Korea 'divided' on approach to North Korea: analyst

by: Sumit Chaulagain
12 June, 2018

North Korean leader and US president meet at landmark summit in Singapore.

  • Japan and South Korea are divided about how to deal with North Korea, Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore has told Al Jazeera's James Bays. 

  • "The two countries which are integral to the final resolution" fall on "different sides of Trump's policy position, which is a two-front approach to North Korea: maximum pressure and engagement", Ong-Webb said.

  • Japan believes maximum pressure should be kept on North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "feels that we should only release the valve on sanctions when the North Koreans have fully delivered on these potential promises that they have to make about denuclearisation".

  • He added that South Korea is "taking a softer tone to things. They feel that engagement is more important and if that means having to release the valve a little bit to incentivise and reward the North Koreans along the way then that should be the way forward". 

Dennis Rodman: I got a call saying Trump was proud of me

  • Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has said he received a call from the White House ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un.

  • Rodman told CNN in an interview from Singapore on Tuesday that a White House staffer called the former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant to tell him the president was proud of him.

  • Reflecting on criticism to his past visits to North Korea, Rodman broke down in tears, saying he received death threats over his meetings with Kim.

  • Rodman described Kim as a "big kid" who wants to see the world and he expressed hope that the two leaders will make progress.

Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults

  • Trump and Kim are currently in talks with key advisers.

  • If you're just catching up, read our news report from Singapore by Tom Benner.

Moon expresses hope after 'sleepless night'

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope for a "successful summit", South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. 

  • Speaking on Tuesday, Moon admitted he had "spent a sleepless night" and that he hoped the talks between Trump and Kim "will open a new era of complete denuclearisation, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States". 

  • Yonhap reported Moon and other cabinet members delayed their weekly meeting to watch the opening of the Trump-Kim summit. 

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