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Kim summit a chance to showcase Vietnam’s development model: PM

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attending a meeting at the government guesthouse in Hanoi Vietnam on Nov 30 2018 WB cooperates with S. Korea, to support in N. Korea
Jeannette Daniel | 13 February, 2019, 19:07

Two weeks before a second summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, the commander of USA forces in South Korea has said he has seen "little to no verifiable change" in Pyongyang's military capabilities following last year's first meeting. That follows an unprecedented June 11,2018 summit of the two leaders in Singapore.

"We now assess that North Korea ... is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress late last month. He said before the talks they would include discussion of corresponding steps North Korea has demanded.

"I remain clear-eyed about the fact that despite a reduction in tensions along the [Demilitarized Zone] and the cessation of strategic provocations ... little to no verifiable change has occurred in North Korea's military capabilities", Gen. Abrams told the Senate panel. "Further, North Korea's conventional and asymmetric military capabilities along with their continued development of advanced conventional systems remain unchecked".

Gen. Abrams stressed that even if the United States eliminates the nuclear menace, USA troops will need to remain in the region to combat other conventional threats to American interests posed by North Korea.

Mr. Trump has denied he has disagreements with his intelligence agencies, while also saying the fruits of his diplomacy have been underrated.

"But in order for it to happen, everything has to go together - resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, the U.S".

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Trump said at a cabinet meeting in Washington on Tuesday Seoul had agreed to pay US$500 million more as part of an agreement sharing the cost of keeping roughly 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea. But plans for the second meeting are proceeding apace.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who doubles as Vietnam's deputy prime minister, flew into Pyongyang in the afternoon at the invitation of his counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, and is expected to stay through Thursday. That summit is scheduled for February 27 and 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

"North Korea is a friend that had helped Vietnam a lot in the past", Nguyen Vinh Quang, Vietnam's former top diplomatic envoy to China, told The South China Morning Post on Tuesday. What Vietnam can see ahead is light [and] ...

The Stanford report said that while North Korea was likely to have continued work on warhead miniaturization and to ensure they can stand up to delivery via intercontinental ballistic missiles, the halt in testing greatly limited its ability to make such improvements.

Consistent with the annual World Threat Assessment issued by the USA intelligence community last month, Adm. Davidson contradicted Trump's assertion that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat", noting, "We think it is unlikely that North Korea will give up all of its nuclear weapons or production capabilities, but seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization in exchange for USA and global concessions".

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