Kim coup-proofs his team before planned Trump-summit

Kim Jong-un smiling

After the meeting in Washington, D.C., at which Kim delivered a letter from the North Korean leader, the USA president said the leaders "won't sign something" June 12, and that they were "going to start a process".

Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have their own notions of greatness.

A Nobel Prize-winning anti-nuclear group offered on Monday to pay for next week's historic summit between the USA and North Korea, including the delicate issue of Kim Jong-un's hotel bill.

Yet experts warned Tuesday that the letter could set "unrealistic expectations" for the highly anticipated June 12 summit.

Earlier, Trump had called off the meeting citing hostile comments from North Korea. Trump administration is so confident of a favourable outcome that it is understood to have conveyed its message to the UN's nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The former USA ambassador to the United Nations has been described as one of the most ardent hawks against North Korea, and has received widespread criticism for his approach on dealing with the regime.

"North Korea is emphasizing that a small country like itself is facing the United States and has requested support from China", a former high-ranking government official said. However, the possibility of North Korea holding such a trilateral or bilateral summit is being kept open.

Syria and North Korea have maintained close relations for decades.

Army General Kim Su Gil's replacement of Kim Jong Gak as director of the KPA's General Political Bureau was confirmed in a North Korean state media report last month when Kim Su Gil accompanied North Korea's Kim Jong Un on a field guidance trip to a beach tourist zone with other officials.

The two leaders had taunted each other over who is a bigger nuclear power in January this year. "Whether we can find the path to denuclearization and a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, the summit holds the key", ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing. "This is not blackmail but reality".

"I think [Kim] didn't realize who Donald Trump was at that time, I guess, until he started to read the book and started to get to understand him", Rodman told the website.

The second objective of Kim that he wants to achieve from the Singapore talks is removal of economic sanctions.

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed in April to pursue a treaty this year to end the Korean War-a binding agreement that would go a notch beyond a more-symbolic peace declaration, which they also agreed in April to pursue.

Analysts have speculated that the changes represent a move by Kim to install more moderate voices in the military, possibly to pave the way for concessions over the country's nuclear program that may come out of the summit with Trump.

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