US President Donald Trump called on China on Monday to continue being "strong and tight" on the border with North Korea, also welcoming the decision to reduce the trade deficit between China and the US.
"There are several land mines on the way to the summit between North Korea and the USA", said Chung Dong-Young, who served as Unification Minister during the last progressive administration and is now a lawmaker.
Trump added: "I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!" Just as Gen. Singh was in the country, tensions on the Korean peninsula have been increasing with North Korea threatening that it might pull out of the summit meeting with Donald Trump if the United States insists it give up its nuclear weapons.
"Even if the USA and South Korea try to weaken China's impact in the negotiation process, Xi and Kim's recent two meetings have proved that China and its support are indispensable", said Yue Li, senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution, a Beijing-based think tank.
"We are not going to get ahead of the President with regards to topics that will be part of the summit", NSC spokesman Marc Raimondi wrote in response to questions about how North Korea's cyber aggression would factor into the summit.
Scott Snyder, director of the Program on U.S. -Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said there's a risk that "the ceremony and the historic nature of the meeting be allowed to overshadow the deliverables". "Kim Jong Un has not offered to give up his nuclear weapons". It was Kim and Xi's second meeting in recent months, and came as a surprise to the Americans. Trump is apparently starting to conclude that Moon overpromised on the North's readiness to deal, which may be true. The North knows that he won't be able to convince, or, to put it more precisely, bully South Korea into returning to a hard-line posture. In doing so, he may have scared South Korea, not North Korea, into negotiations. 8, 2017, shows a possible subsidence crater and several landslide scars following a nuclear test at North Korea's Mt. Mantap.
A year into his term, President Moon's approval rating has soared to 83percent, according to a Gallup Korea poll - with a majority of South Koreans supporting his efforts to secure a peace deal with North Korea.
The US has its own interests in monitoring North Korean behavior in cyberspace.
There is real doubt as to whether that would be a beneficial deal from the American perspective; it would certainly be worse than the Iran deal, which did not require USA concessions outside the nuclear arena.
Most analysts say it is unrealistic to believe North Korea will agree to complete abandonment of its nuclear program, which has focused on developing a missile capable of hitting the United States and which Kim sees as crucial to his survival in power.
"I think a lot of people who were involved with the Roh administration are concerned about Bolton because he was such a neoconservative at the time, and it seems that he hasn't changed", said Lee Geun, a professor of political science at Seoul National University.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), also appearing on "Face the Nation" a week ago, said that exchanging aid for a denuclearized North Korea would be the "best money we ever spent".
Jane Nakano, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Trump administration could contribute to that. "I think right now, it's dead", he said.