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Maybe it's both. But after years of brinkmanship and missile tests, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to be signaling willingness to talk to the USA about rolling back his nuclear weapons program, and halting missile and nuclear tests while negotiations are ongoing.

"A meeting is being planned", Trump said on Twitter on Friday after accepting an invitation to meet from Kim. The American leader initially proposed holding the summit in April.

The Pyongyang Times ran a piece condemning President Trump personally, without mentioning that Kim had reached out to the head of state to meet with him personally. Here's what could go wrong before Trump and Kim even get started.

Mogherini said the European Union is looking forward to the outcome of the talks and that the bloc supports all efforts to obtain "the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". More neutral territory, such as China, Japan, the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland or the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since 1953, might also be considered.

Both men are political novices.

Kinzinger also said Kim will find a far different opponent in Trump than he did in other administrations. But his blind self-confidence carries a risk. It remains unclear if the United States would scale down its position and agree to sit across the negotiating table to discuss North Korea's denuclearisation. Or the two sides could draw up a half-baked accord that simply buys North Korea more time.

While Kim expressed his desire to "write a new history of national unification" during the four-hour long dinner he hosted for the delegates from the South, the underlying tone was to convince the USA and other countries to withdraw global sanctions and pressure.

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"In addition to the issue of nuclear weapons and missiles, there is the important issue of abductions". It would submit to strict inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Inter-Korean talks won't be enough to achieve peace", he said, stressing the importance of Seoul maintaining close co-operation with its security guarantor Washington and adding there would be no let-up in sanctions or pressure purely as a result of inter-Korean dialogue.

The United States has long said it wants any talks to aim at Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

Both leaders have interests in striking a big deal, said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior analyst at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

The summit could also break down if the USA decides that full denuclearization seems unlikely. "We will keep our joint military exercises going". He is expected to have tricks up his sleeve to appease Trump, such as a concrete timeline for phasing out missiles and nuclear arms.

Meanwhile, Washington is short of diplomatic talent. Generally, at least the National Security Council, the State Department, the Department of Defense and the intelligence community would all play a role in coming up with a negotiating strategy.

"We don't even have an ambassador to South Korea", said Sanders, likely referring to the fact that the nomination of Victor Cha, Trump's original pick, was rescinded last month after Cha expressed opposition to the administration's proposal for a military strike.

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