Still a long way to go on North Korea crisis, says Trump

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The Japanese government reacted coolly to North Korea's announcement on Saturday of its suspension of nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile test-launches, and scrapping of its nuclear test site. But Trump tweeted Sunday that the North has "agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!"

"All of the steps Kim has announced are completely reversible and amount to only words and empty promises - and North Korea is not exactly known to keep its word", said Mr Harry Kazianis, director of defence studies at the Center for the National Interest, a conservative think tank in Washington.

South Korea's presidential office welcomed the announcement as "meaningful progress" towards denuclearisation.

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For the past few weeks, South Korea has been renovating Peace House, on its side of Panmunjom, to prepare for the summit with Kim, who will be the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

If the United States does, as Mr Trump threatens, pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran the consequences for the Middle East will be dramatic enough but there will also be implications for North Korea.

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No more test missile launches.

-North Korea summit meeting scheduled to occur by early June.

Relatives of the Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea are urging the Japanese government to resolve the issue by seizing the opportunity provided by Pyongyang's changing attitude. "Look forward to our Summit". This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress!

Cheong Seong-chang, senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute think-tank, said a firm commitment to denuclearise could not be expected before negotiations with the United States began. Ultimately, the United States, holding its nose and under pressure from South Korea and China, will most likely choose the first option. "There's a lot of things they are not promising that is raising some red flags", he said. "Gaddafi's a dead man now because he gave up his nuclear weapons". "I hope so", he said on ABC's "This Week". "It is a moratorium on testing, but recommits North Korea to nuclear weapons status".

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, told CBS News' "Face the Nation" that if President Trump goes through with the meeting, it's "very important" that it "goes well and that there is an ability to put together some terms of an agreement that might exist".

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